The MLA works with its members to maintain a statewide, grassroots network of library advocates who create widespread public awareness of the value libraries play in our society. MLA's lobbyist and its active Legislative Committee represent the library community in front of the legislature. MLA's legislative platform addresses the needs and interests of both library systems and public, school, academic, and special libraries. MLA sponsors a Legislative Day in March or April of each year when library advocates come to St. Paul to meet with their elected representatives. MLA also serves as a resource to legislators and their staff and state agencies when they have questions about library and information services. MLA also works closely with the American Library Association on federal issues important to the library community. MLA coordinates participation by Minnesota librarians in a National Library Legislative day each year.
We encourage all MLA members to contribute their skills and their time to the Association’s advocacy efforts.
Legislative Committee Meetings
The Legislative Committee meetings are held via webinar from 10:00am–12:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is required if you will be attending the meeting online. Watch here for links to register.
If you are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and would prefer to attend the committee meeting in person, the MELSA Meeting Room has been reserved. It is located in Suite 320 at 1619 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. No registration is required to attend the meeting in person.
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