Just a few updates on Library Advocacy Day, coming up on June 29th:
At the Rally, look for the Maryland sign! ALA is providing signs for each of the states so that people can easily find colleagues. At this point, there are at least 100 people registered from Maryland, out of about 1200 total from around the country, so we are very well represented!
Ask Questions about Library Advocacy Day and advocacy – There are a few more opportunities:
- “Advocacy Hour” – Daily from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the Membership Pavilion, Booth 2525. Come and learn about all the ways you can get involved in library advocacy, as well as ask questions about Library Advocacy Day.
- Q&A at the Membership Pavilion – Sunday from 12 – 1 pm and again from 2:30pm – 3:30 pm; Monday from 11:30am – 12:30pm and again from 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions.
- LAD / Ambassadors Desk – Located in Registration. Staff will be happy to answer questions and register individuals for the event.
Maryland Messages – ALA has provided information on federal legislation and issues. (See Issue Briefs.) However, someone asked if there are any specific issues or messages that Maryland libraries would like to share. Here are a few suggestions:
- Personal Stories – The personal story of what you and/or your library do for your customers is always valuable.
- For Public Libraries – Stress how public libraries are connected to the community, provide free Internet access, assist job seekers, help small businesses and support education and literacy for children.
- For School Libraries – Accentuate the positive impact that school media specialists and an effective school library program have on student achievement in reading, information literacy and helping students become 21st Century Learners.
- For Academic Libraries – Emphasize the vital role academic libraries play in strong academic programs and in shaping the graduates who contribute to the success of Maryland’s business and industry and to the quality of life throughout the state.
For more information on Library Advocacy Day, please view the posting on the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel blog.