National Library Legislative Day 2011 – Wrap Up

This year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) and its Virtual counterpart were again a success!  Over 350 members of the library community from across the country participated in this annual event.  Many others who could not make it to Washington, DC contacted their legislators by e-mail and phone.

About 30 members of the Maryland library community visited Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their aides to encourage support of libraries.  In particular, people asked for support for full funding of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), dedicated funding for Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) and including an effective school library program in the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Legislators and aides expressed support of libraries and, in several cases, understood the value of libraries.  More importantly, good connections were made, which will help with advocacy efforts throughout the year.

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