ARSL Policy Writing Guides

ARSL Policy-Writing Resources

Solid policies are the foundation of strong libraries! The following resources have been produced and curated by the ARSL Advocacy Committee to provide tips, tricks, and best practices for writing good library policy.

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Writing a Public Comments Policy PDF Print
Written by Julie Elmore   
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 04:06 PM

My husband often reminds me to plan for the worst and hope for the best. This has served me well when writing policies, keeping in mind policies should be proactive and not reactive. Waiting until something has happened and then writing a policy may sometimes be necessary, but I would much rather avoid it and have things in place before they are needed. While our library has been very fortunate to not have faced challenges or people wanting to express their “concerns” over library materials and/or programs at public meetings, we have seen it happen at other places. It could only be a matter of time. What if it did happen to us?