Typical Timeline: Creating a Special Legislative District Public Library

The following timeline indicates a month-by-month breakdown of activities leading up to a vote to create a Special Legislative District Public Library. Though it is possible to compress the activities into a shorter timeline, it should be noted that reducing the planning cycle might reduce the chances of a successful outcome.

Actions

Months leading up to vote

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a. Survey Community

X

X

b. Update Long Range Plan based on survey

X

c. Determine best model and consolidation options  
X
d. Assess readiness

X

 
e. Inform School District & current funding sources; obtain support  

X

 
f. Pass resolution to create new library  

X

 
g. Notify Library System and State Library

X

h. Create Implementation Committee

X

 
i. Develop action timeline

X

 
j. Identify advocate group(s)

X

 
k. Draft state legislation to authorize local vote to create library district

X

X

l. Legislation introduced; considered by State legislature;signed into law by governor

X

X

X

m. Library board determines date for local election to create & fund district

X

n. Develop strategy for public campaign

X

X

X

 
o. Develop & Conduct public education & advocacy campaigns

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

p. Trustee candidates gather required number of signatures on petitions to run for election to the board

X

 
q. If required by state legislation, formal petition to schedule election to create and fund the new library district and elect trustees filed with library board

X

 
r. Vote on library proposition & trustees

X

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