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NEWSLETTER - Summer 2016

Build Voter Support for Your Library to Win Elections

At the Public Library Association Conference in Denver, we met Patrick "PC" Sweeney, Political Director for EveryLibrary. We were impressed with their work and thought it might be of interest to our customers and readers now or down the road.

EveryLibrary is the first political action committee dedicated solely to support local library ballot initiatives. Over the past three years, they've helped win more than $100 million for public libraries through 37 campaigns ranging from small initiatives in rural communities to multi million dollar budget increases in large cities. 

EveryLibrary is solely funded by contributions from individuals and corporate groups. This funding allows EveryLibrary to provide pro bono campaign plans for local libraries to execute including coaching on media, messaging and tactics that succeed in winning campaigns.

Patrick shares the Top 5 Things Your Library Can Do to Win Elections:

1) Don't Talk About Numbers
Sadly, very few voters are driven to the polls simply because your library checked out 3 million books last year. Politicians have a hard time understanding what it really means to have 300,000 people walk through your doors every year. Instead, focus on telling the best emotional stories of impact that your library had on a few people.  Instead of talking about how many reference questions you answered last year, tell people about the one reference question that made an impact on someone's life.

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Spotlight: VersaCardVersaCard® allows a library to share resources with nearby Apollo libraries to maximize patron's access while protecting their own collection. Patrons can simply use their home library card when visiting another library while the visiting library verifies the patron is in good standing before loaning out items. Each library retains its autonomy and circulation rules but is able to share its collection – a win-win for libraries and patrons, alike. We reached out to a couple of Apollo clients to hear about their experience with VersaCard.

Denise Lawver, Library Director at Wahoo Public Library in Nebraska, has been utilizing VersaCard for the past three years along with five other libraries in Saunders County. "We wanted to ensure patrons from other libraries were in good standing before loaning them items. This was the most important feature for us," commented Lawver. According to Lawver, the VersaCard feature is used on a daily basis at Wahoo Public Library with patrons visiting from small communities in the area. Lawver also mentioned that the libraries in her area utilize the VersaCard system to temporarily loan each other pieces of their collections. The borrowing library can then check these items out to their patrons while on loan from a neighboring library.

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Missouri Library Association Conference
Springfield, Missouri
October 5-6, 2016

Iowa Library Association Conference
Dubuque, Iowa
October 12-14, 2016

Mississippi Library Association Conference
Vicksburg, Mississippi
October 18-21, 2016

Nebraska Library Association Conference
Omaha, Nebraska
October 19-21, 2016

Association of Rural and Small Libraries Association Conference
Fargo, North Dakota
October 27-29, 2016

California Library Association
Sacramento, California
November 3-4, 2016

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Don't miss the opportunity to attend the Nebraska Libraries and Apollo User Group meeting on October 18th in York, Nebraska.
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August 25, 2016
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11:00 AM Materials

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Welcome New Directors  

Lesa Bargmann, Bancroft
Tammie Barber Collins, Leighton
Carrie Becker, New Hampton
Suzette Chang, Guthrie
Meredith Dehmer, Mechanicsville
Heather Dixon, Midvale
Crystal Duran, Imperial County 
Peggy Hailey, Runge
  Megan Hills, Tonkawa
Galen Hodges, Jonestown
Lea McBain, Newbury
Linda Ortberg, Godfrey Pegues, Newark
Paul Phelan, Kyle
Barbara Tosiano, Hampton
Mindy Williams, Bennett
Welcome New Libraries    

Alta Vista Public Library, IA
Anadarko Community Library, OK
Aztec Public Library, NM
B.J. Hill Library, TX
Bloomfield Public Library, NM
Bonham Public Library, TX
Catoosa Public Library, OK
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Library, OK
Clyde Public Library, TX
Columbus Village Library, NM
Crosby County Library, TX
Curtis Memorial Library, IA
Douglass Public Library, KS
El Rito Public Library, NM
Everly Public Library, IA
Flatonia Public Library, TX
Fraser-Hickson Library, QC
Grand Saline Public Library, TX
Griswold Public Library, IA
Hamilton Public Library, TX
  Hawkeye Public Library, IA
Holliday Public Library, TX
Jaffrey Public Library, NH
Jensen Memorial Library, NE
Lamb County Library, TX
Liberty Municipal Library, TX
Lyons Public Library, KS
Marshall Public Library, TX
Maryville Public Library, MO
Mason County Public Library, KY
Monrovia Public Library, CA
Morgan County Library, MO
Nora Sparks Warren Library, OK
North Conway Public Library, NH
Norwalk Easter Public Library, IA
O'Neill Public Library, NE
Odebolt Public Library, IA
Putnam District Library, MI
Signal Hill Library, CA
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