Establishing a Relationship with Legislators
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  1. Determine your local representative and senator by accessing the Nevada Legislature web site ( This resource will provide you with contact information for your legislators. Note: You may have multiple legislators serving your district and different ones for your library and your residence. If that is the case, establish a relationship with all of them.
  2. Read your legislators’ biographical information and learn which committees they serve.
  3. Share your “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Nevada Libraries” statistics with your legislators.
  4. Buddy up—Call neighboring librarians who are in the same legislative district and make your visits
  5. Call the local office and make an appointment to visit your legislators.
  6. Visit the legislators, be on time, and bring your “Snapshot” information, library newsletter, and summer reading program information to keep them informed of what is going on at your library.
  7. Write a thank you note and send it to your legislators after your visit. Briefly remind them of what you
  8. Invite your legislators to your library for an open house, celebrations, etc.
  9. Offer your library as a place for them to hold office hours or meetings with constituents.
  10. Watch the paper for local appearances of your legislators. This could be a community breakfast, office hours, local parade, or a special meeting or hearing they are holding.
  11. Attend the aforementioned events and introduce yourself to your legislators, reminding them of the library.
  12. If you have an extended conversation with them at one of these events, follow that up with a thank
    you note.
  13. Should your legislators be appointed the chairmanship of a committee or given a significant honor, send a short note of congratulations.
  14. During the legislative session monitor their votes on library legislation. Thank them for votes in favor of library legislation. If they voted no, explain how the vote could be detrimental to libraries and how you hope that they will support library legislation in the future.
  15. Be positive and courteous in any correspondence that you have.
  16. Once is not enough. Don’t make one call or one visit. Establishing relationships is an ongoing process.
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NLA Snapshot Day 2015.