NEW: ARE YOU GOTV READY? Check out these resources to help you expand your plans. https://lwv-va.org/members-corner/gotv-images-you-can-use/
NEW MEMBER TOOLS (and Not So New Members)
(Also Handy for Not-So-New Members:)
Includes League Lingo, Bylaws, Name and Logo Usage Guides, Membership Handbook, Nonpartisan Policy
- LWV-VA Membership Handbook – April 2017 Edition Especially designed for new members, the document provides the basic tools for understanding how the league operates towards achieving its mission. Click Here for the handbook.
- League Lingo – a handy tool for use with League members and other groups to make sure of a common understanding of keywords and catchy phrases (a.k.a. Jargon)
- Bylaws – operating parameters for League. Kind of like speed limits. “If you don’t like ’em don’t ignore them, work to change them.”
- Using the League Logo – see LWVUS Page on this website for guidelines https://lwv-va.org/lwvus/
- Nonpartisan Policy
Additional LWV-VA Resources:
New and Not so New Board Members, Our Coalition Partners, Convention Policies and Procedures and more can be found here.
- Our Coalition Partners
- Convention Policies and Procedures
- Officer and Board Member Duties
- New and Not So New Board Members
- LWV-VA has published a helpful guide for not-so-new as well as brand new League board members. We urge you to share this document with all local League board members, new and long-serving
- LWV-VA Bylaws Concerning, Convention Council & Program Adoption: There is always some confusion about these so here is a quick reference with some of the key issues like dates that are important.
- 2019-20 Priorities Pending: Each year priorities are established by LWV-VA concerning what issues will be the primary focus for that year’s Legislative Session. All positions by League are important and are addressed, but these are the ones our members have identified as being the most important.
Using Google Docs and Forms
**Just because you set up a google account, it does not mean you have to use the gmail account that goes with it.**
These free tools can make League life easier if you put out a little bit of effort to learn how they work. Why pay for registration forms when you can set them up using Google Docs for free and link them directly to PayPal for payment? Get rid of that problem of Mac and PC computers not communicating well with each other. Speed up editing and co-writing while keeping off the clutter of multiple revisions on your computer. These are easy to use for anyone having Gmail, but so long as the person setting it up has a Google Account, other people who do not have Gmail can be invited to participate in document development. Here are a few resources that may help you get started.
- Google Drive Tutorial 2017 – Quick Start Training (refers to G Suite but that is not required to use Google Drive. Every Google account has 15 gigabytes free space for things on which you are working – that is a LOT of space)
- Creating A Google Form-Quick Help Sheet
General: Useful Videos, Writing for the Web, & More
- Useful Videos: These videos can be useful for League meetings and public events or used with social media.
- LWVUS Writing Style Guide
- Visibility some resources on the importance of Visibility
- Writing for the Web
- Online Organizing Toolkit
Image Management Tools -Some tools for using your images and finding useful ones.
Free To Use Photos
- http://library.lwv.org/Ready to use-Free to use photos from LWV-US – a great resource
- Some historic photos – Library of Congress
- Free Stock Photos Pexels: You have to spend some time looking through them to find what is useful, but can be worth the effort.
- Unsplash – check out the transportation photos as an example.
- Pixabay – use the word “vote” for a search here and see what you get!
- Jeshoots – particularly interesting backgrounds to use with your text.
- Depositphotos – try a search with “election” for some potentially useful final products or starting places for doing your own.
- PublicDomainPictures – huge selection so plan on spending some time looking.
Working with your own images
- Infographic design from electiontools.org provides this great guide to using Canva for GOTV and more.
- Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes – handy information on what size your images need to be to work with various social media.
- Landscape – is a free online tool for resizing your images for use with different social media. The big plus is that you simply select the media you want and how it will be sued, then you let it do the work. It allows you to resize the same image for multiple uses and download each one.
- Canva – this is a great free design tool for creating images for social media, presentation, business cards, infographics, and more. “Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.”
- Piktochart – Specifically for infographics, coming up with that 1 page, easy to understand handout like “Why Vote?” Another free program. (online tool)
- iPiccy – a free version of the PicMonkey Photo editor. While it does not have all the features of PicMonkey, it has enough to make your job easier. (online tool)
- Pixlr – another free photo editor. (online tool)
- GIMP – I (Carol.L) like this one best because it is open source software that is on my computer. I am not dependent upon an Internet connection. I have a rather unreliable Internet access, so this is a perfect solution.
- Keeping a common look on LWV websites is important. The LWV US provides some very useful resources for the correct use of logos, and colors as well as some other very good information.
- Social Media Management
- There are a lot of different social media management tools available for many different purposes:
- Hootsuite – lets you monitor and work on multiple social media networks from one location. It is subject to changes over time for some things, but the basics are there. Useful if you have multiple FB pages and groups to monitor.
- Bitly – turn long URLs into something more manageable by using Bitly. If you sign up for the free account, any shortened links you store will let you know how many times that link has been opened.
- LWVUS Social Media Tool Kit – LWVUS
- Twitter Guide for State and Local Leagues
- Twitter Cheat Sheet (2014)
- Convention PowerPoint: Facebook and Twitter Tips
- LWVUS Writing Style Guide
- Online Communications Resources
- Co-hosting FaceBook Events
Submission Guidelines for Virginia Voter, Voter Express, and the LWV-VA Blog:
- Articles should be in final form and proofed when submitted.
- Use Times New Roman or Arial for the font and use 14 pt type for headings and 11 pt type for text.
- Include any graphics you want in the document where you believe they would fit best.
- All photos should be set as 640X480 size but, will be resized for use in the article as needed
- Be sure to send details of the graphic such as potential uses by other members.
- Each graphic image should be considered the equivalent to 65 words
- Please see sample page layout for details of how these measurements apply.
- If a photo, then the date/place/event name/people names should be provided.
- Length for general articles for both VE and VV is 250 words without image or 125 words with image (1/2 page).
- Length of FEATURE articles for Virginia Voter and Voter Express 500 words (1page).
- Longer articles can be accepted for use on the Blog.
- For social media specific, articles should be no more than 100 words.
League Management Resources
- Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) Guidance on Opportunities forum page is a collection of resources to help you grow and empower your Local League. The full listing can be found at http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/membership-leadership-development-mld-guidances-opportunities. Here are some samples of some of these tools
Voter Empowerment and Engagement
- GOTV Resources You Can Use: Here you will find graphics and text that other members have created for GOTV. They are for you to use as is, modified, or simply as an idea to use in creating your own. Useful with all social and print media.
- Election Resources: Your source for election laws and commissions, election research resources, and campaign financing information.
- Legislative Tools: Links to places to find your legislator, watch videos of House and Senate, information on citizen involvement, Schedules and Calendar, Bills and Bill Tracking, and the Virginia Code.
Important “need to know” information that is particularly useful for those attending the sessions and meetings. Virginia General Assembly Lists includes names of Delegates and Senators, districts they each represent and contact information. View it online or print to take with you
- 2018 LWV-VA General Assembly Book (thanks to Sherry Zachry for compiling this) Download this in a 17-page pdf file for ease of use: https://lwv-va.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-LWV-VA-General-Assembly-Book_opt_opt.pdf
- V-VA 2018 Legislative Priorities: Each year priorities are established by LWV-VA concerning what issues will be the primary focus for that year’s Legislative Session. All positions by League are important and are addressed, but these are the ones our members have identified as being the most important.
- Download this in a 2-page pdf file for ease of use: https://lwv-va.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-General-Assembly-RESOURCES-INF-RV.pdf
- Quick links to important information concerning elected member officials at national and state levels. Federal government links include Library of Congress, US Supreme Court and US Court of Appeals for the 4th District) Also included are links to commonly referenced departments in Virginia. (Depts. of Education, Elections, Environmental Quality, Transportation, and more)
This is where members can share what they have done so that other leagues can try out those ideas. Topics include: Join Us, Voter Education Events, Voter Registration Events, GOTV, and more. Increasing Visibility, Issue Reports on Relevant Topics (not restricted to studies or task forces), Special Event Ideas, and anything else you might want to submit.
- LWV Fredericksburg, a great informational brochure for use at events, in libraries, and more. http://bit.ly/2LNOu7s
Although not an official League product, this podcast offers some good information.
Letter to the Editor” Resources
- “Don’t Get Mad, Get Writing“, Sara Fitzgerald
Other League Organizations:
- LWV-VA Participates in coalitions with other groups who are interested in common causes and interests. This allows for increased coordination and effectiveness in dealing with legislators. In general, we can share information that our coalition partners provide directly or through social media so long as neither our NON-PARTISAN POLICY nor our POSITIONS are compromised. Always ask if you are not sure. While we may work with other “partners”, these have an actual contractual agreement of support.
- PAVP: Learn about PAVP Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project here.
Understanding and Assessing “Fake News”
- Keepin’ It Real: Tips & Strategies for Evaluating Fake News – from LMU/LA William H. Hannon Library
- Fake News: Evaluating & Fact Checking – from Fordham University Libraries
- Fake News vs. Real News: Tips for Evaluating Information – from Northwest Arkansas Community College Library
- Evaluating Information: Fake News – from Leabharlann UCD Library (Dublin)
- How to Spot Fake News – from IFLA: International Federation of Library Associations
- The Ultimate Cheatsheet for Critical Thinking – from Global Digital Citizen Foundation