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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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Helpful Links

  • Center for Lobbying inthe Pubic Interest
    CLPI promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance the missions of charitable organizations.
  • Alliance for Justice-For Nonprofits & Foundations
    AFJ is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing information, resources, and technical assistance. Follow their link to state-specific resources.

Webinar on Working with Legislators

Education, Advocacy and Lobbying – Oh My! What’s Allowed (and What’s Not) When Reaching out to Elected Officials

This webinar produced by Stephanie Vance, the Advocacy Guru, and the American Library Association helps non-profits to know what the may do in terms of working with or "lobbying" legislators.

"Politicians, lobbyists and advocates alike use the terms “education,” “advocacy” and “lobbying” interchangeably.   But what do they all mean?  When associated with a government agency or a non-profit it can be very confusing to know what’s allowed – and what will land you in hot water.  In this session we look at both the letter and the spirit of the law when it comes to lobbying and advocacy, as well as specific criteria you can use to assess your own situation.  Since local library supporters, whether staff, friends, trustee or board members, have the most influence in the legislative process, it’s important to know just how far you can go in connecting them with policymakers.  Believe it or not, you have more latitude than you think.  And, of course, as a private citizen no one can curtail your right to speak up and make a difference."  District Dispatch January 4, 2012

Download the full version of this webinar by right-clicking here and selecting “Save link as…” You can also get the PowerPoint slides below.


AASL Advocacy Brochure

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Policymakers

Packets of 25 brochures can be purchased from the ALA Bookstore. This one is for Policy Makers and designed for legislators.

ALA Resources for Working with Federal Legislators

  • ALA Washington Office
    Scroll down for the list of staff you can contact about federal legislative library issues

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