|Legislative Day Thoughts from WMRLS|
By Janice Koleszar
Attending my first Legislative Day was a rewarding experience. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Judy Paradis, the MSLA legislative rep, and all the members of the MSLA Board who helped to organize this important and memorable day. My mentor, Maureen Ambrosino, and I were able to make contacts with the senators and representatives to whom we were assigned or a designee in their respective offices, and were able to introduce ourselves to others as well. Everyone we met was willing to listen to what we had to say and, in several instances, asked questions to assist them in furthering their understanding and importance of the issues.
Too, this year was the first time that MLA and MSLA combined forces for legislative day. The Friends of WMRLS arranged bus transportation for the librarians in Western MA. I was told that the comments had been so positive, the bus would most likely be available again for next year. The nominal fee was well worth the price as it was cheaper than driving ourselves, stress free, and gave us the opportunity to network and meet one another. By the time we picked up everyone at various stops, our bus was almost full. School, public, special and college librarians enjoyed getting to know each other. On the way home, everyone talked positively about the day and shared experiences with one another.
On the way home, I conducted a brief questionnaire. I asked them to raise their hands if they thought the day was a success; everyone had a hand up. (I think they would have stood up if it had been safe to do so.) When asked if they’d go again another year, there was a loud resounding “yes” and lots of hand clapping! When asked if there was anyone disappointed, there was dead silence. I then thanked them all for their participation and said to email me if they had any other comments or suggestions.
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 May 2008 )|