It is wise to build additional support for your library on an ongoing basis, whether or not you are holding a vote. For libraries planning a public vote, these activities are essential for expanding your influence within the community and increasing your support base, which is critical when the day of your vote arrives. Here are some methods for acquiring more users and advocates for your library:

Getting Them on Your Side
- Making use of the "Magic Quadrant"

Strategies for Growing Community Support

"Growing community support means consistently working to build your constituency and then "cashing in" when it's time for your vote."
Josh Cohen, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System, NY


This toolkit was created on behalf of the 2005-2007 Getting to Yes (GTY) project. GTY is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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