An Exploratory Survey of State Library Association Lobbying and Political Advocacy Practices

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • Million, Anthony (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
  • Bossaller, Jenny (University of Missouri)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
lobbying; advocacy; libraries
  • Abstract

    The data contained in this study relates to lobbying and political advocacy by state library associations in the United States. Each state has a library association that works to advance the profession, the interests of its members, and library services. To fill a gap in the literature, we conducted an exploratory survey of state library associations. Specifically, we surveyed the legislative chairs of state library associations and Chief Officers of State Library Association representatives. We collected data via Qualtrics during February 2019 and received thirty-five responses representing thirty-one states, including the District of Columbia. The survey contained quantitative and qualitative questions that were organized into six areas: how advocacy is carried out, perceived differences between advocacy and political advocacy, agenda-setting, the use of lobbyists, political partisanship, and education for advocacy in library and information science.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Our survey for response rate was 61%.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2017-01-01 / 2018-12-31
    Time Period: Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2017--Mon Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2018
  • 2019-02-01 / 2019-02-28
    Collection Date(s): Fri Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2019--Thu Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 2019
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: State
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey;

    The final dataset includes survey results, as well as administrative data regarding whether state law prohibits the use of public funds for lobbying, each state's population in 2017, total revenue that public libraries in each state received in 2017, and the tax status of each state's library association.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E132301
  • Million, A.J., and Jenny Bossaller. “Lobbying and Political Advocacy: A Review of the Literature and Exploratory Survey of State Library Associations.” The Political Librarian 4, no. 2 (2020).
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