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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.  


2021 ILA Legislative Agenda 

Read the ILA Legislative Agenda for 2021.

February 10, 2021 - 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.

Please make sure to invite them to come to Legislative Advocacy Day on March 10th. That way they can put it on their calendars and, if you know you’re coming that day, tell them you’d like to meet them.

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

March 10, 2021 - ILA Legislative Day 

This year legislative day will be in a virtual format. Details to come.

Iowa Libraries Transform Campaign
ILA invites you to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Campaign. Particularly as we approach Lobby from Home Day (Feb. 10, 2021) and ILA Legislative Day (Mar. 10, 2021), we see the importance of the campaign’s mission of “spread[ing] the word about the impact libraries and librarians make every day.” The campaign goals and objectives are to increase AWARENESS of and support for the transforming library, shift the PERCEPTION of libraries from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential, and ENGAGE and energize library professionals and build external advocates to influence local, state, and national decision-makers.

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