Vote Yes for Libraries

A Guide to Winning Ballot Measure Campaigns for Library Funding


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About the Book

More than ever, libraries must seek taxpayer dollars to expand or even maintain their services. Even in the best financial times, persuading voters to back new taxes for libraries is difficult. It’s best to get professional help, since the grassroots approach, on a shoestring budget, is increasingly unlikely to work. Written for library directors, staff, board members and Friends who want to know how to achieve victory with a ballot measure, this guide covers the entire process—from beginning steps, organization and fundraising to knowing and challenging the opposition. Advice is offered even on what to do if the campaign fails.
This book will provide familiarity with both political concepts, like bonds and swing voters, and jargon, such as ELAW (Everybody loves a winner) and WIFM (What’s in it for me?) and it’s full of easy-to-follow advice and examples from actual campaigns. Learning politics and going into action can be fun—as well as beneficial to the library and the community. A list of sources provides further assistance.

About the Author(s)

Anne M. Turner, director of the Santa Cruz City-County Library System, lives in San Francisco, California.

Bibliographic Details

Anne M. Turner
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 152
Bibliographic Info: notes, diagrams, resources, index
Copyright Date: 2000
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0855-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8447-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“[this] thorough guide covers every aspect of a budget vote. Libraries undertaking a ballot measure should purchase this book and make it required reading for the director, board members, and other vital members of the committee”—Library Journal; “the author provides easy-to-follow advice and examples from actual experiences…useful…highly recommended”—ARBA; “this book should be purchased in multiple copies and given to trustees, friends, and building committee members”—Technicalities; “a must buy”—Reference & User Services Quarterly; “a manual chock full of advice…offers valuable information”—Public Libraries.