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Voter Registration Resources
WVLS has provided all member libraries and the Marathon Co. Public Library branches with copies of the VERAP resource notebook, and two sizes of instructional notebooks linked below, along with a quantity of How to Register and Vote brochures.
September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. It’s an opportunity for community volunteers and organizations to spotlight educating and assisting voters who are not registered or need to update their registration to reflect an address or name change. Librarians do that all year long!
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) recently introduced an innovative set of voter registration tools called the Voter Education and Registration Assistance Project (VERAP) to libraries in the chapter’s home counties of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas. The tools are, however, available on line for any public, academic or secondary school library that wants to set up a voter registration station.
The primary project goal is offering community members an additional location where they can self-register to vote and learn what else they need when they vote.
Downloadable tools include an Instructional Notebook for patrons to use at library computers for self-registering to vote, either online at www.myvote.wi.gov or via paper registration, as well as a Resource Notebook containing up-to-date information on the many questions voters frequently ask: When is the next election? Where do I vote? How can I vote absentee? Who are the candidates on my ballot? Who is my municipal clerk? What is an acceptable proof of my residence? and what can I use as my photo ID? A simplified Instructional Notebook can be adapted to sit beside public computer stations.
The Notebooks are available on the LWVNOW Voter Information webpage
- VERAP Resource Notebook
- How to Register and Vote Brochure: Revised 09-16-19*
- VERAP Instructional Notebook, Online Voter Registration Instructions at MyVote.wi.gov
- VERAP Simplified Instructional Notebook, How to Register to Vote on MyVote.wi.gov
*To print a reduced size copy of the brochure on letter size paper, choose double sided copy flipped on the short edge from print menu options.
LWVNOW, a chapter of the US and Wisconsin League of Women Voters, is a nonpartisan political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. VERAP was inspired by collaborations between the Kenosha Public Library and their City Clerk’s office; and by the LWV of Milwaukee County, Milwaukee School District and the Milwaukee Elections Commission. The intent is to distribute VERAP tools statewide.
The Voter Education and Registration Assistance Project (VERAP), voter registration tool set.
Basic Advocacy Resources
American Library Association
- Library Advocate’s Handbook
- Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries
- The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
- Guide to Wisconsin State Legislature Website
Wisconsin Education Media & Technology Association
Wisconsin Library Association
- Advocacy Tips and Listening Session information
- Easy-to-do Political Campaign Activities
- Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L)
- Library Legislative Day
- 2019 Wisconsin Library Association Legislative Policy Statement
- WLA LD&L Legislative Newsletters for Library Leaders ********
South Central Library System
Winnefox Library System
Illinois Library Association
Additional Advocacy Resources
- ALA Legislative Action Center
- Every CRS Report
- The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a division of the Library of Congress, is Congress’s think tank, researching and compiling nonpartisan reports on a governmental issues. This site, with bi-partisan support, make these reports available to the public. Updated regularly.
- C-SPAN Video Library
- More than 228,000 hours of video (just about everything that has ever aired on C-SPAN), updated on a daily basis. Historical content includes debates, speeches, rallies, and more. Users can create custom video clips to save and share. Essential.
- Getting a busy signal when you call Congress? Here’s how to get through. the Christian Science Monitor
- About the Wisconsin Legislature – Follow the Process
- Advocacy Associates Blog (Congressional Advocacy Tips)
- Not Good with Elevator Speeches? Try ‘Taxi Chats’
- Wisconsin Council on Children & Families Legislative Advocacy Guide
- WVLS Libraries and Legislators Contact Information by County 2019-2020
Keeping Your Library Neutral
Keeping yourself and your collection politically neutral ensures that you are in good ethical standing and exemplifies one of the missionsof libraries: to provide the greatest amount of access to as much diverse materials as possible.
Political Ethics: Keeping Your Library Neutral by Andrew Hart 10/19/2016
The article addresses ways of expressing bias, librarians as public servants, library ethical codes, evaluating your collection, and evaluating your library services (advertisements, displays, programs).
- Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.
- IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers (International Federation of Library Associations).
WVLS Libraries Transform Project
WVLS librarians are continuing to provide legislators serving districts that include all or portions of WVLS counties with opportunities to learn more about the way Wisconsin libraries transform their communities. Funding to support WVLS and its sister public library systems across Wisconsin is appropriated through the biennial state budget process. A new state budget will be written in 2017.
The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) began its Libraries Transform! poster project in 2016 as part of the association’s 125th Anniversary, and as a vehicle for building relationships between legislators and libraries. WLA’s goal is to create and maintain a complete set of legislative posters for display in local libraries. The project is based on the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Campaign.
(Above) Representative Jim Edming visited the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library in Medford to receive his Libraries Transform! poster from Taylor County library directors Carla Huston (Stetsonville), Denise Korenuk (Gilman), Tammie Blomberg (Rib Lake), and Erica Clarkson (Medford). Candice Celestina-Smith (Westboro) not pictured.
(Below) Senator Jerry Petrowski at the downtown Wausau branch of Marathon County Public Library with Director Ralph Illick on the day the Senator’s poster photo was taken.
The large library card featured on each poster includes logos from all the public library systems across Wisconsin. It is symbolic of the fact that legislative districts frequently include portions of counties from more than one public library system.
Completed Posters are available for these WVLS area Legislators: Edming, Felzkowski, Kulp, Mursau, Snyder, Spiros, Swearingen, and Senators Petrowski and Tiffany. A poster for Representative Jesse James is pending.
Additional copies of each poster may be purchased for display at local libraries (a friendly welcome when legislators return for a listening session or office hours) for $20 by contacting the WLA office at 608-245-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Send us your “Libraries Transform!” News!
Do you have stories or photos of legislators’ visits to your library to share? Do you have questions about the Libraries Tranform! poster project? Contact Kris Adams Wendt at email@example.com.
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