RESOURCES & TOOLS


Institute of Museum and Library Services

What is the IMLS?
The Institute of Museum and Library Services published a short history on their 20th anniversary in 2016.

MISSION: The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

VISION: A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.


STRATEGIC PLAN 2018-2022: Museums and libraries across America are central to the communities they serve. From the northernmost reaches of Alaska to the southern coasts of Florida, libraries and museums weave together the communities that form the vibrant fabric of American society.

Why is IMLS important?
LINK to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants-to-States page. New Hampshire's InterLibraryLoan (ILL) service is partially funded by an IMLS/LSTA grant. READ State Librarian Michael York's article on ILL service in New Hampshire.

 

An initiative of the American Library Association
Libraries are a smart investment, transforming lives and communities and passionately advocating for lifelong learning. Libraries Transform, the ALA’s public awareness campaign, is spreading the word about the impact that libraries make every day. MORE >   
 
Rural Libraries Take on Growing Role as Agents of Inclusion and Change

“Libraries are changing to do our best to fit our community instead of making the community fit us.”   CONTINUE READING >

 

Resources


ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries  PDF Document and PDF Poster 

American Library Association's Advocacy (ALA) section: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/

Calculate the Value of Your Library (from the ALA "I Love Libraries Initiative)

Civics 101: NHPR Podcast
Civics 101 NH: NHPR Podcast

How a Bill Becomes a Law Information: How a Bill Becomes a Law.


How to Find Your Legislator:
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx
New Hampshire Congressional Representatives November 2018


How to Contact Your Representative
You can contact representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.

     Chris Pappas (1st District) https://pappas.house.gov/contact 
     Ann McLane Kuster (2nd District) http://kuster.house.gov/contact
     Maggie Hassan https://www.hassan.senate.gov/
     Jeanne Shaheen https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/  

NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide: a handbook of information and tips on the process of establishing advocacy positions. NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide

NH State Government Websitehttp://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/bills.html.

NH Supreme Court decision re: librarian is employee of Library, not the Town Littleton vs Taylor

The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/toolkits/rural

Tracking Legislation
NEW HAMPSHIRE:
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/default.htm
FEDERAL: https://www.govtrack.us/
                  https://www.congress.gov/
                  https://www.loc.gov/index.html 

 

Grass Roots Advocacy in Action!

Not your Grandmother’s Library Any Longer
Read about the current trend in libraries as they move to re-identify themselves in the twenty-first century. The shift is on from a repository of books to a repository of assets. You can now checkout musical instruments, telescopes for star gazing, binoculars and bird-watching handbooks. Read more on Marketplace on Minnesota Public Radio.

Peterborough Library at the Polls
The Peterborough Town Library set up informational tables at the polls. The goal of the project was to increase visibility of library programs and services, as well as sign up residents for library cards. Director Corinne Chronopoulos said "We signed up 23 residents for library cards and had plenty of conversations about services and programs."
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Howe Library, Hanover annual Letter to the Editor
Every year Library Director Mary White writes a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Reach out to your community using this easy effective method and advocate for YOUR library. Our thanks to Library Director Mary White for sharing her suggestions and letter.