John Chrastka, EveryLibrary’s Founder/Executive Director, has done a superb job providing a thorough roundup and analysis of library-related election results from yesterday’s elections in the U.S. in this new “first look” blog post.
EveryLibrary began in 2012 helping, public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendums.”
Library elections are ‘evergreen’ campaigns. They can happen any time of the year, and do. From primaries and special elections to state and municipal off-cycle elections to general elections, libraries on the ballot. Yesterday, November 3rd, we saw at least 43 libraries in 12 states go before the voters to renew basic tax funding or ask to expand revenue for facilities, staffing, programs, collections, and other services. EveryLibrary provided direct support to six of these library communities with pro-bono training and coaching for the staff and boards, and free advising and consulting the local Vote YES committees. We are proud of the work we did with each campaign and can report that 3 have won their measures and 3 have lost.
The blog post continues with results from more than 40 library-related elections plus analysis and links to media reports.