Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

I Love Libraries and I Vote

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, February 26, 2016 in WLA 125
button-i-love-libraries-72On February 3, 2004 on Library Legislative Day the Wisconsin Library Association kicked off an election year campaign, “I Love Libraries and I Vote”. The campaign was designed to encourage library users to vote and to remind those running for public office that many voters cared deeply about libraries of all kinds.  The proposal for the campaign came from WLA’s Library Advocacy Round Table (LART). The idea for the campaign was based on a study sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and partially funded by WLA that determined that 80% of library users voted in the 2002 gubernatorial election compared with 65% on nonusers.  WLA developed a website for the campaign along with tips for libraries to promote the campaign. Buttons (see left) and other promotional materials were distributed to libraries throughout the state. Part of the campaign involved having library patrons mail postcards, similar to the one below from the Beloit Public Library, to elected officials. On the back of the card, the sender provided a personal message about why the library was important to him or her. After this initiative the Library Advocacy Round Table was disbanded because of overlap with other WLA units, and the WLA Foundation embarked on an even more ambitious library marketing campaign, the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries, in 2005. 


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Saturday, May 26, 2018


Popular Tags

Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Soughton Public Library 10 People Public library systems Centennial buil S. Janice Kee Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library History Tower Hill Wisconsin Middleton Public Library Irene W. Newman library exhibit Manitowoc Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Cooperative Children's Book Center library legislation Wayne A. Wiegand Hall of Fame 2015 American Library Association Library War Service Appleton Public Library Anniversaries Anniversaries Gilbert H. Doane Council on Library and Network Development Ruth Ann Montgomery hall of Postcards WLA 125 Madison Public Library World War I caly film 28 Campaign Delia Ovitz Clinton Public Library Suring Area Public Library Charles Bunge Wisconsin Free Library Commission Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Academic Librarians presentations Hall of Fame 2013 Cam 27 Library people Postcards Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Black River Falls Public Library 21 state historical society UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies 23 Bernard Schwab Nolan I. Neds Beloit Public Library Hall of Fame 2010 Orrilla Blackshear Hall campaign Portage Public Library WLA 125 Marketing-Publicity UW-Madison school of library and information studies Gertrude Thurow Ripon Public Library Brown Deer Public Library McMillan Memorial Library Brown Deer Public Library books-by-mail cam library memorabilia Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Pinback buttons campaign Public libraries Amer Milwaukee Public Library caly film Campaign Lutie Stearns WAAL Inform Wisconsin Wisconsin State Law Library Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Peter G. Hamon Lowell W. Wilson Klaus Linderfelt Buttons National Library Week Milwaukee Art Museum Library Buidlings bookworm School of Library and Information Studies White House Conference on Library and Information Services anniversaries Matthew S. Dudgeon WWI Library War Service Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Pewaukee Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Zona Gale caly film Events Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends WLA 125 Library Trustees background Sarah Janice Kee Frank Avery Hutchins Rusk County Community Library Carnegie libraries Eager Free Public Library Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Louise S. Robbins School libraries Hall of Fame 2017 Capitol Fire 1904 Postcards Wisconsin Free Library Commission Beaver Dam Public Library Jerome P. Daniels Clarence Brown Lester Historical Register I Love Libraries Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends 11 Publications Hall of Fame 2015 Meter mail slogans Katharine MacDonald Jones J. D. Witter Parcel post Hall of Fame 2012 John J. Jax Woman's Congress Edward Asahel Birge Ruby Roeder Wisconsin Historical Society COLAND Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services 22 Academic Libraries library education Hartford Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 14 Bookmobiles Brown County Library Wisconsin Library Bulletin Larry T. Nix archives Gerald A. Somers American Library Association National Bookmobile Day Dianne McAfee Hopkins Richard E. Krug Lutie Eugenia Stearns Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries ca Hall of Fame 2008 T. B. Scott Free Public Library Public libraries Elroy Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 Eratus Swift Wilcox Library celebrations Hall of Fame 2012 Library Systems Campaign 20 UW-Milwaukee Libraries membership libraries bed and breakfast Events & Meetings Milwaukee Public Library Carl Spitzweg Library People James Huff Stout Library e James Duane Doty Wisconsin Rapids traveling libraries Ice Storm Jane K. Billings CCBC Sandra Friedman Dolnick Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2014 Uncategorized Hall of Fame 2016 John Miller Chancellor Library people Hall of Fame 2009 Dorothea M. Krause DeForest Area Public Library WHCLIS Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries campaign campa Library Buildings 24 Events & Meetings Black River Falls Postcards trav State Law Library Exhibits Superior Carnegie Libraries Oshkosh Public Library Cornelia Marving Pierce Digital Collections Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians WLA 125 Increase A. Lapham Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Evansville Wisconsin Hall fo Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2011 William J. Wilson Library Artifacts Special libraries

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo