Library Legislative Day
Monday, February 27, 2017
About the Day
- Exhibits in the WV Capitol Upper Rotunda 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- A reception for legislators will be held in the Reading Room of the West Virginia Library Commission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Legislative Committee wants to insure that every Senator and Delegate gets a personal visit that day from one of their constituents and is encouraged to attend the reception where he or she will have additional opportunities to talk with “their people”.
We also want to present exhibits in the Rotunda that highlight the contributions libraries make to the economic, educational and cultural success of our communities and the State of WV.
We need you to do 2 things:
- Look over the list of service tables and people to contact. Pick one you feel you can contribute to – something you feel your library does especially well – email or call the person listed and sign on to help with that display. It is important that every county be represented in this effort so that when representatives come looking for constituents there will be someone there! WVLA will prepare a master list of all the counties and the location of the tables where they are located within the Rotunda which will be provided to legislators.
- Email email@example.com and tell us who your representatives are (there are new ones and no master list yet) and which of them you have already talked to and which ones you will be visiting on Feb 27th.
Tell us which of the services you are helping with so that we can include your county on the list for legislators.
Service Tables (11 am – 4 pm Upper Rotunda)
- Business support – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library 304-647-7568 firstname.lastname@example.org (Greenbrier County)
- Referral services and e-government services – such as FAFSA, ACA, SSI, etc. David Owens, Cabell County PL email@example.com (Cabell County)
- Children’s services – Amy Stover, Raleigh County Public Library Phone firstname.lastname@example.org (Raleigh County)
- Programming – Bonnie Dwire email@example.com (Monongalia County & Brooke County)
- Reading materials – books, magazines, newspapers – Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County 304-343-4646 ext. 1229 firstname.lastname@example.org (Kanawha County)
- E-services; WV-READS – Sara Ramezan email@example.com and WVDeli- Toni Blessing Kanawha County (Cabell County & Kanawha County)
- Local collections –Catherine Clevenger, Clarksburg Harrison 304-627-2236 firstname.lastname@example.org (Harrison County)
- ABE/ Literacy – Margaret Smith, Hamlin-Lincoln County, 304-824-5481 email@example.com and Paulette Kirby, Monroe County PL (Lincoln County & Monroe County)
- Educational support – books for curriculum support, tutoring, bookmobile visits, class visits, classroom visits, proctoring, class cards, deposit collections, etc. Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org (Nicholas County & Summers County)
- Job services – resume creation, job applications, job testing Elizabeth Tackett, Buffalo Creek Memorial Library email@example.com 304-583-7887
- Public access computing – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org 304-647-7568
- Extension/OutReach services – Judy Gunsaulis, Fayette County Public Library email@example.com (Fayette County)
- Reference – statewide databases – Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County 304-343-4646 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org (Kanawha County)
- Community center, meeting areas, etc. – Dottie Thomas, Ohio Co. email@example.com (Ohio County)
- Non-book collections – oddities, yearbooks, curiosities -Carol McClung, Rupert Public Library 304-392-6158 firstname.lastname@example.org (Greenbrier County)
- Special Libraries – WV State Law Library – Kaye L. Maerz is developing this table.
- School Libraries – School Library Division – Suzie Martin email@example.com
- Academic Libraries – WVLA Academic Library Division- Martha Yancey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maker Spaces – Sarah Palfrey is looking for those who would be interested in creating a maker space table please contact Sarah at email@example.com
Goals for this 2017 session:
- State grant-in-aid and Library Commission Funding. Assistance from the Library Commission, including per capita Grants-in-aid enables all libraries to offer a consistent level of service. The West Virginia Library Association [WVLA] encourages the Legislature to at least maintain the current level of funding.
- Passage of legislation allowing a Library Facilities Improvement Fund. Libraries in the state are aging and there is presently no funding available on the state or federal level to assist in construction, renovation, maintenance and repair of buildings. This legislation would provide for the establishment of fund where grants could be sought from outside entities to provide such assistance on a state-wide basis. It will permit the Library Commission to develop necessary rules and regulations to govern the administration of the program.
- Simple majority approval for all excess levies. Excess levies provide short-term predictable funding streams for approximately 1/3 of the 97 library systems in the state. However, the 60 per cent majority required for passage of these and other levies is difficult. All excess levies should be on an equal footing and require a simple majority to pass. An amendment to the WV Constitution should be placed on the next state-wide ballot.
- Dedicated funding for all public libraries. Libraries must have adequate, predictable, sustainable funding to provide the full range of services needed by West Virginians. West Virginia ranks fiftieth in total funding for public libraries and that is because the local funding is deficient in many cases. The WV Library Association strongly supports legislation resulting in dedicated local funding for public libraries.
- School libraries and certified librarians in every school. School libraries and school librarians are essential to quality education but too few of the public schools in the state have at least a part-time Library Media Specialist. West Virginia students need school libraries in order to achieve.
Contact Ann Farr, Chair of WVLA Legislative Committe with any questions