Wyoming libraries launch new statewide advocacy program

Posted 4/7/22

The Wyoming Library Association, EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute have announced a new advocacy partnership program to benefit libraries across the state. 

The partnership is …

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Wyoming libraries launch new statewide advocacy program

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The Wyoming Library Association, EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute have announced a new advocacy partnership program to benefit libraries across the state. 

The partnership is focused on “building new and more positive visibility for libraries in communities, schools and campuses in every corner of Wyoming.” The partnership program will include the development of a public-facing digital advocacy and outreach campaign, training and support for library leaders on communications and partnerships and new systems of support for association policy and funding priorities.

“Our goal with this partnership program is to improve the future political power and standing of all Wyoming libraries in the eyes of the public, our donors and elected officials,” says Conrrado Saldivar, president of the Wyoming Library Association. “Wyoming libraries are uniquely positioned to help people from all walks of life succeed. The core of our new partnership will be to update and expand the public’s perception of libraries and librarians by telling stories of how library workers support thriving communities, schools, and campuses.” 

The Wyoming Library Association represents 171 members from across the state in every county. EveryLibrary brings its unique experience and expertise in advocacy and political action to support WLA’s statewide and local goals. 

”EveryLibrary is excited to work closely with Wyoming Library Association leadership to develop and deploy a targeted, results-focused outreach and marketing plan.” says John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary. “Our goal is to reach and activate 5% of Wyoming residents to become registered advocates for libraries.” 

Through educational and informational efforts, the plan is to “mobilize this segment of the population to take substantive actions as either activists, donors, or volunteers.”

From pandemic response to the fight for intellectual freedom, Wyoming libraries say they’ve supported resilient communities, schools and campuses. This partnership program will “leverage the excellent reputation of Wyoming libraries to advance a collective policy and funding agenda in local, state and even federal settings.” EveryLibrary says it will identify, cultivate and empower supporters using proven direct action and digital engagement skills.

“Our hope is to build new infrastructure to positively influence the funding ecosystem for years to come,” library leaders said.

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