Come back throughout January & February for more details.

 

                   

        

 

We've learned a ton over the past 3 years so in 2023, NYLA members and library advocates across the state will have the ability to participate in two ways: in-person and virtually!

 

Why Participate in Library Advocacy Day?

Your voice during #LAD23 will benefit...

 

How Can I participate in Library Advocacy Day?

We need your voice during #LAD23, but how can you get your voice out there? There are several ways to tell your story to key leaders in the Legislature on why libraries are important to our communities. Learn more below...

Librarian | Library Staff | Trustee | Friend

Student

Library Patron

Elected Official | Community Stakeholder

 

Legislative Meetings (In-Person & Virtual)

Meetings with individual legislators (or their office staff) are coordinated by library systems or regional coordinators.  NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits, their location (in-person or virtual), that have been submitted via the below AirTable.

Have your scheduled your meeting already? Let us know here.

 

**Please note this will be auto-populated as meetings are scheduled. If you are interested in attending any of these scheduled meetings, please contact the scheduler via email to receive Zoom credentials. 

 

Advocacy Materials

LAD23 Packet (Coming Soon)

LAD Take Action Campaign (Coming Soon)

Visit the Legislative Agenda subpage for the most up-to-date information regarding NYLA's funding and policy initiatives as well as supplemental materials.

If you have any questions about Library Advocacy Day, reach out to our Director of Government Relations & Advocacy at advocate@nyla.org.

 

Accommodations

The Albany Hilton in Downtown Albany is our host hotel. Pre-Advocacy events & meetings will take place in the lower level of the hotel as well as the New Yorkers for Better Libraries reception. Interested in staying overnight?

To reserve your discounted room, click here or call 1(800)Hilton and provde code "1NYLA" to the customer service representative.

Book soon! We have a limited number of rooms available and our block closes on Feburary 7.

Albany Hilton | 40 Lodge Street | Albany, NY 12207

 

2023 Advocacy Day Lead-Up Events

Section & Committee Meetings

 

2023 Library Advocacy Day - Virtual Member Prep Session

Date:  Friday, February 17th at 3PM

Registration Required

 

2023 Library Advocacy Day - In-Person Member Prep Session

Date:  Monday, February 27 at 10AM

Albany Hilton | Governor B

Registration Required

 

2023 NY4BL Annual Reception & Dinner

Date: Monday, February 27

6:00pm - Cocktail Hour: Albany Hilton | West Gallery

7:00 - 9:00pm - Dinner: Albany Hilton | Governor A

Buy your tickets here: https://NY4BLGala2023.givesmart.com

 

Leverage Your Network

Your voice has power – whether in person or online. Using the tips & tricks below - you can leverage your network to support library advocacy.

How Can I Be A Virtual Library Advocate?

NYLA has created a toolkit to help you be the best social media advocate you can be. See below all the tools you need to elevate your voice virtually.

 

Keep Your Assemblymember or State Senator’s Twitter Handle Handy

Twitter is one of the most important social media networks in the advocacy world. Most elected officials will utilize Twitter to keep their constituents informed in real-time. In fact, most state elected officials often will manage their accounts themselves.  By following and engaging with your elected officials on Twitter, you will have one of the most direct ways to have your voice heard at your fingertips. 

Find your Assemblymember and State Senator’s Twitter using our directory

Don't know who your state representatives are? Find out who your Assemblymember or State Senator are.

 

Learn How to Leverage Your Network of Influence

You now have a Twitter account and know your elected officials handles. Now what? Your Twitter has power and we have pulled together a one-pager to help you understand how to leverage your network of influence

 

Craft the Perfect Message

Twitter thrives on being a social media platform that values short, concise, and to the point communication. So, how do you get your message across that is authentic to you but also hits on what’s most important?

We have pulled together sample tweets and tweet threads for our social media advocates to utilize during Library Advocacy Day. Each of these sample tweets is customizable to make it your own but touch on all of the important pieces of legislation we are advocating for this session. 

Click here to see our sample tweet directory

Not sure what a “tweet thread” is? Or how to post an effective tweet? Click here for our Tweeting Tips & Tricks Cheat Sheet

 

Let Us Know You’re A #LibraryAdvocate!

You’ve followed and tweeted your elected officials – what’s next?

Share with your network why being a #LibraryAdvocate is important to you!

Make sure to use the hashtags #LibraryAdvocate and #LAD23 leading up to & on Library Advocacy Day so we can share your stories!

 

FAQs

I’m not on Twitter or Facebook: What can I do to support libraries?
You can send a letter to your representatives or even give them a call. Participate using the methods (and mediums) you feel most comfortable with!

As a library trustee, I embrace my responsibility for speaking up for library funding, is there anything special I can do?
Of course. As a library trustee you play a special role in our community. Share details about your role through the story feature below or check out the other options including virtual meetings.  

How do I let NYLA (and by extension library advocates) know when are meetings have been scheduled?
Scroll up just a bit to our AirTable. If you scheduled a meeting with a Senator or Assemblymember, you can add the information including time, there.

As we prepare for our meetings, along with the identified ‘speakers’, where can I find talking points and materials to share?
Coming soon.

Who should I be promoting Library Advocacy Day 2023 to?
Everyone.

How should we be reporting out on the meetings after they happen?
Advocacy Report