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Advocacy and Legislation
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The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has made advocacy and government relations one of its highest priorities. The MLA serves as the primary voice and advocate for libraries, librarians, library support staff, and the publics they serve in Minnesota.


MLA’s advocacy goals include:

  • Securing funding to provide quality library services for all Minnesota citizens
  • Advocating for intellectual freedom and opposing library censorship
  • Educating library advocates and elected officials about the value of libraries to education, economic development and as community centers and destination points

Minnesota Library Association Advocacy Website
MLA Legislative Committee
American Library Association Advocacy
Declaration for the Right to Libraries

Libraries Transform Minnesota

Libraries Transform is an American Library Association (ALA) initiative to increase public awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals. 

In addition to the marketing materials available on the ALA Libraries Transform website, ALA created a Minnesota branded version of the Libraries Transform logo. Please review the guides below before using them at your library. 

 PNG Minnesota Libraries Transform Logos (for general use)

Ai Minnesota Libraries Transform Logos (for use in Photoshop, InDesign and vector applications)

PDF Minnesota Libraries Transform Logos (for use with the editable Because statement posters)

Because Statements

ALA created editable Because statement posters for Chapters and libraries to use. You can use them to create your own custom statements specific to your library, share them on social media, include them in library reports, or print posters to display at your library. All you need is Adobe Reader to edit them with your own unique Because statement. There are two versions of the Because statement posters below. The first link opens up poster templates that already contain the Minnesota Libraries Transform logo. The second link opens up poster templates with space to add your own library logo in the lower left corner. 

Guide to creating your own Because statement (PDF)

The MLA LegWork Committee created stickers using the “uniquely Minnesota” Because statements submitted to the MLA Because Contest in 2018. These are also available for use by any Minnesota library. 

Additional Resources
Download posters, postcards, and bookmarks with statements about why Libraries are transforming, Get tips for implementing the campaign at your local library, and sign up to receive updates about the campaign. 


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