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Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC)

Committee Charge

Along with ILA lobbyists, actively pursue traditional and innovative opportunities to monitor state and federal movement that could impact Iowa libraries and/or the association; communicate such movements to the ILA Executive Board.  Actively engage members in library advocacy initiatives.  


2022 ILA Legislative Agenda 

Read the ILA Legislative Agenda for 2022.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - ILA Lobby from Home Day

Contact your state legislator to say "Thank You" and to remind them how important you library is to your community!  They love hearing from local constituents even more than from librarians!  Find a way to get your patrons involved!

The most important thing to remember is to tell your personal library story to your legislators. Yes, use the legislative agenda. Yes, borrow a little language. But the best thing you can do is tell your legislators how your library impacts the community in a positive way. They remember those stories. It puts a human element into your ask.

Use the ILA Lobby From Home Guide to help you with reaching out to your legislators!

If you need any advice or want help, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of GAC

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - ILA Advocacy Day 

State Capitol  Law Library,  2nd Floor

2:30pm: Briefing with ILA Lobbyists

3:00-5:00pm Reception with Legislators

Click here to let us know you are coming! Also be sure to let your legislators know you'll be there with this sample letter

Here’s a quick video to get you started with the toolkit: https://youtu.be/RQvAJh9FRWU

Iowa Libraries Transform Introduction and How-To 

Iowa Libraries Transform Postcards

Iowa Libraries Transform Posters

Building Relationships:  An Advocacy Webinar

The recording for the August 13, 2018 webinar is now available to ILA members. 

  1. Log in at the bottom left of the Membership page
  2. Find the Member Central menu (lower right side of the page)
  3. Select Archive

ILA in Action

ILA members with Congressman 2018

Legislative Day 2018

ILA members with Congressman 2018

Legislative Day 2018

ILA members with Congressman 2018

Legislative Day 2018