Welcome to the Idaho Trustee Challenge!
The Idaho Library Association's Trustee Section is challenging public library boards throughout Idaho to contact their state legislators three times before the start of the new session in January:
Write letters of introduction- describe your library's services and programs
Invite your legislators to a library event, show them what you're doing, give them a tour
Host an open house or a legislative coffee, send an end of the year summary of library programs and services or send a few of the library stories you've collected
We hope you’ll join library trustees throughout Idaho to meet this challenge and practice the important work of proactive advocacy for your library.
Proactive advocacy- or ambassadorship- happens when library board members work to lay the groundwork for positive support among lawmakers. This can easily be done by writing letters of introduction, inviting legislators to library events and offering to be a resource when legislators need information on library-related issues.
A good foundation of proactive advocacy helps support our cause when we need to practice reactive advocacy by asking our legislators to support or reject legislation that affects libraries. State Librarian Ann Joslin has a few tips on advocacy here.
Please leave us a comment to let us know you're planning to take the Challenge!
ILA Trustee Section Co-Chair