MLA/ITEM Annual Legislative Forum & Strategy Development Day
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When: 9:00 AM
Where: Hennepin County Library - Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  55430
United States
Contact: Ann Hokanson

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When: August 8, 2018, 9:00am - 3:30pm (Networking from 9:00 - 9:30am. Forum starts at 9:30am.)

Where: Hennepin County Library - Brookdale, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Who: All are welcome! MLA members, ITEM Members and Library Trustees are especially encouraged to attend.

Cost: Free to register. Lunch provided. We work through lunch. Registration required by August 3 to guarantee a lunch. A variety of sandwich options, including gluten-free, will be available. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Minnesota libraries are effective and efficient because the state invests in a strong, resilient, and adaptive structure that supports and leverages the strengths and resources of all Minnesota libraries. However, we have unmet needs and are working hard to get needed changes into statute and the state budget. Broadband, core services funding, and net neutrality are just a few of the important issues.

The Legislative Forum is the traditional kick-off to the legislative year, and is open to all MLA and ITEM members. The day focuses on strategies that members can use to build support for our joint MLA/ITEM platform. The people in the room also review the platform draft, and vote to advance it to the membership meetings held during the annual fall conferences. A strong turnout at this event is the first step to a successful 2019-2020 legislative session.

Come join us and learn more about the challenges we are facing and the current proposed solutions. Participate in discussions and strategy development sessions to hone your advocacy skills. Gain an understanding of what is on our legislative platform and why it matters. You will be inspired by conversations with other committed colleagues, and leave better prepared to build local support and stronger voices among staff, board, patrons, and city and county officials for the important legislative changes we need.

9:00       Registration & networking
9:30 Call to order and welcome - Ann Hokanson
9:35 How does state funding impact your library? - Panel
10:00 What are the proposed solutions? The Platform - Ann Walker Smalley
10:30 Overview of the legislative process - "How a bill becomes law" - Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates
11:00 Gaining clarity on why the platform matters to you: MADLIBS
11:30 Strategy development: Identifying likely supporters
Noon Working Lunch: Putting into words why we care: using stories
1:00 Strategy Success Stories - Panel
1:30  Making friends: 7 degrees of separation
2:00 Advocacy Commitments
2:30 Keeping Up and Reporting Out
3:00 Objectives checklist and evaluation
3:30 Adjourn

Make a difference, be the change, and register to attend!

Contact Ann Hokanson, Incoming MLA Legislative Chair, with questions.