Answered By: Lauren Stara
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016     Views: 32

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There are many articles, websites and books that can help.  There are many librarians who have been through advocacy campaigns leading up to building projects.  One book we can recommend that is available in libraries across the state and at the MBLC is an ALA publication, Grassroots: Library Advocacy by Lauren Comito, Alique Geraci and Christian Zamriskie, 2012.  Highlighting advocacy efforts in the state of New York, it provides a pragmatic approach to determining: 1) the tools and methods you will use to communicate, 2) your audience, and 3) desired outcomes.

Most library projects receive local matching funds by way of a debt exclusion. Find out about the overrides and debt exclusions from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in their publications:

Levy Limits: A Primer on Proposition 2½
http://www.mass.gov/dor/docs/dls/publ/misc/levylimits.pdf  

Proposition 2½ Ballot Questions Requirements and Procedures
http://www.mass.gov/dor/docs/dls/publ/misc/prop2.pdf

Lastly, from the Political Resources website find a short but sweet explanation of the essentials of a get the vote out campaign in Every Campaign's Guide to Getting Out the Vote by Joe Garecht, http://www.politicalresources.com/for-candidates/campaign-how-to-library/62-campaign-how-to/get-out-the-vote-gotv/147-every-campaign-s-guide-to-getting-out-the-vote

 


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