TITLE: Government Affairs Committee Chair

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote and advocate for legislation, policies and regulatory issues of significance to all Montana libraries

GOALS:

  1. Inform Montana legislators and the Montana public of the needs and concerns of the library community;
  2. Provide library workers and supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
  3. Develop networks to lobby legislators and further library interests.

ONGOING: Reports due for Board meetings on Committee activities.

TIMELINE: Ongoing throughout legislative year

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Monitor legislation
  • Track happenings within the government that could affect libraries
  • Organize communications with librarians, trustees, Montana State Library staff
  • Prepare and oversee yearly budget
  • Work with government officials, including senators and house members, advocacy groups and citizens to convey MLA legislative goals.
  • Update Montana library community on legislative decision
  • With Conference Planner organize the Legislative Reception
  • Make arrangements for Legislative Advocacy training
  • Represent MLA at ALA Legislative Days in Washington, DC
  • Work with MLA lobbyists and Montana State Library to set legislative agenda
  • Negotiate contract with lobbyists