BCLTA Bulletin

Election 2013

Elections -- whether they are local, provincial or federal -- offer unique opportunities to advocate for public libraries.  

For trustees, it may be the single greatest opportunity to increase awareness about this important community service, both in its successes and its challenges.

This issue of the BCLTA Bulletin focuses on what trustees can do to champion their libraries leading up to election day on May 14.


April 19, 2013

Election advocacy strategies

Key messages

Election advocacy toolkit

Advocacy resources  

To support and represent trustees in advancing
public libraries


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Advocacy Strategies for Libraries

The BCLTA's website offers a number of tips and strategies to raise the profile of libraries and library issues during political campaigns, such as forums, letters/emails, and library-hosted events.

» What is advocacy?

» See BCLTA's suggested election advocacy strategies




Key Messages

The BCLTA and the BCLA have collaborated on a "key messages" document which we hope will be helpful in preparing your letters, news releases, questions at forums, and discussions with local candidates.

Feel free to use some or all of this information as appropriate in your community, and to customize with examples to illustrate the impact of the work you do.

» Key messages for Election 2013



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Election Advocacy Toolkit

Here are a few tools to use in your advocacy efforts:

» Latest BC Public Library Statistics (courtesy Libraries and Literacy Branch, BC Ministry of Education)

» Targeted questions for 2013 candidates 

» Letter template to candidates

» Find an MLA



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More Advocacy Resources

Please see our website for links to resources that can assist your board's advocacy efforts throughout the year:

» More advocacy resources

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