ILA Legislative Meet-Up Days

Be a Voice for Illinois Libraries. ILA Legislative Meet-Up Days

Register for an #ILAMeetUp

Once again, Illinois Library Association has arranged its spring 2020 series of legislative events as opportunities for you to meet with your state and federal legislators and speak with them about issues affecting you and your library. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.

Three of these meet-ups are in the central and southern Illinois areas, including events in Edwardsville, Effingham, and Bloomington-Normal.

Here's how to get started: 

1. Find your closest ILA Legislative Meet-up

EDWARDSVILLE - Metro East Library Legislative Breakfast

Friday, February 7
8 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available
8:30 a.m. program begins
10 a.m. program concludes
Event cost: $25

EFFINGHAM - Southern Illinois Library Legislative Lunch

Monday, February 10
11:30 a.m. doors open and lunch is available
12 p.m. noon program begins 
1:30 p.m. program concludes
Event cost: $25

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL - Central Illinois Library Legislative Breakfast

Friday, February 14
8 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available
8:30 a.m. program begins
10 a.m. program concludes
Event cost: $30

2. Register for the event

Your registration fee includes breakfast or lunch (as noted), legislative materials, and a program featuring state and federal legislative briefing and library-related priorities and speakers. Make your voice heard!

Register for an #ILAMeetUp

3. Prepare for the day

Use this opportunity to express your views on library-related legislation, to share stories of how your library has positively impacted your patrons' lives, for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your social media, or to invite legislators to visit your library.

Get on the same page by watching this 15-minute video. 

  • In this mini, preparatory webinar (also shown below), Diane Foote, ILA executive director, and Derek Blaida, ILA's Legislative consultant, discuss current state legislative priorities, federal legislative priorities, what to expect at an ILA Legislative Meet-up and how to prepare for it, and more.

Further review the issues.

4. Recruit a friend to go with you

The bigger the attendance at these events, and the more librarians and library staff members share their stories, the more powerful our collective library voice.

  • Can you think of 3-5 friends/colleagues who you think should attend? Share this webpage with them by email, then reach out to them in person to ask them to go with you.
  • Share the news on social media. Tell your network on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter that you're going to an ILA Legislative Meet-up, and send out a call-to-action asking library staff and trustees to meet you there. Share the ILA information page or this email.

5. Attend your ILA Legislative Meet-Up

Share your day on social media using #ILAMeetup and #IHLSLibraries.