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“Face-to-Face with Congress” advocacy webinar

Congressional Management Foundation logoThose of you interested in advocating on behalf of libraries might be interested in this one. The Congressional Management Foundation will be hosting a webinar entitled, “Face-to-Face with Congress: Before, During, & After Meeting with Lawmakers” on December 17, 2014 at 1pm EST. Using information pulled from a series of surveys, the report is aimed at providing citizens with guidance in navigating the process of setting up meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. Nearly 450 staffers responded to the surveys, including Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Director, Communication Directors, and more.

CMF noted their key findings included:

  • 93% of House Schedulers surveyed indicated requests for meetings with lawmakers should be made 2-4 weeks in advance;
  • 71% of participating House Chiefs of Staff expressed “no preference” for meeting location (Washington, D.C. , versus the district);
  • 94% of the House Chiefs of Staff felt a “1-2 page issue summary” left behind after a meeting is somewhat or very helpful, while only 18% said the same of a “5 page or greater length” document.

You can visit their website to request a copy of the report or to sign up for the webinar. You can find additional advocacy tips for working with elected officials on the ALA website.


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Lisa Lindle is the Grassroots Communications Specialist for the American Library Association. She coordinates National Library Legislative Day and manages the ALA Washington Office's social media communications capabilities.

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