Our libraries receive funding from our local, state, and national representatives. Yet sometimes as a profession we struggle to do a great job building relationships with our representatives, lining up our priorities, asking for additional funding, and positioning ourselves as leaders on key issues like net neutrality. Utah Library Association is trying to build infrastructure to better meet this need. One of the efforts in this plan is active participation in the annual Library Day on the Hill alongside other partnering library organizations including the Utah State Library, the Utah Academic Library Consortium, and the Utah Educational Library Media Association. We will be hosting tables in the capitol rotunda and setting up meetings with state legislators for you, their constituents, to advocate for your library. We will be making a coordinated effort this year to ask specifically for $270,000 to be allocated to Utah Education Telehealth Network to help rural libraries and schools pay for reliable broadband Internet. This will make up the difference eRate discounts leave that those libraries and schools can’t pay.
This Library Day on the Hill will be:
February 12, 2020
7 AM – 5 PM
Utah State Capitol
7 am – 8 am: Arrive, set up display tables in the Capitol Rotunda
8 am – 5 pm: Meetings with legislators
7 am – 10 am: Library Day Tabling, Welcome & Orientation, Group Photo
1 pm – 2 pm: Woman’s Suffrage Celebration
3 pm – 5 pm: Arts Day Tabling and Activities in the Rotunda
To register for Library Day on the Hill 2020 go to this webpage and click on “Register for Arts and Library Days on the Hill.”
We will also be hosting an Advocacy 101 training on Friday, February 7 from 12 – 1:30 that you can attend in-person at Viridian Center or remotely via Zoom. Utah Cultural Alliance Executive Director Crystal Young-Otterstrom will lead a 90 minute training on cultivating relationships with your elected representatives and how you can maximize the impact of Library Day of the Hill 2020.
Click here to register for Advocacy 101 on Friday, February 7 from 12 – 1:30 pm. Pizza will be provided for in-person attendees.
Advocacy may sound like a political activity–but it’s fundamentally about making our passion for the work we do, and our transformational impact on the community, more visible. We invite ULA members to come be part of this unified effort on behalf of all our libraries! Please direct questions about Library Day on the Hill to email@example.com