This session was originally released as part of EveryLibrary’s virtual Library Advocacy and Funding Conference, LAFCON 2020.
How can you best leverage your voice to ensure your library has the resources it needs for the future?
These are uncertain times. How can you best leverage your voice to ensure your library has the resources it needs for the future? Join Kristin Murphy and learn how to build new relationships, nurture existing ones, and leverage these conversations to build your library's network. In this session, you'll learn effective ways to continue to advocate for your library. Even in the face of such contentious politics, library love is nonpartisan! Learn about how to proactively build relationships, gain valuable insights for talking to elected officials, and how to manage relationships so they’re ready to advocate for you when you need them.
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Kristin is the Director of Federal Affairs at the Association for Accessible Medicines. Prior to joining AAM, Kristin was part of the legislative affairs team at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA). In her previous roles, she advanced several agendas and priorities, including achieving significant success for the ASCA with the 21st Century Cures Act. Kristin has advocated on a range of health care issues, from Medicare payment issues to drug shortages and compounding pharmacies. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) and on former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s re-election campaign in South Dakota (her home state). She is also a passionate supporter of her local library and previously worked at the American Library Association.