Maryland Library Legislative Day 2012 – Coming Soon!

The 90-day legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly begins today. Each year during this time, members of the Maryland library community gather in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. This year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day will be Wednesday, January 25th.  Activities will include:

  • 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates arrive at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, advocacy strategies and what to expect from this legislative session.
  • 10:00am – Recognition in the General Assembly – The Senate and/or House of Delegates will recognize the day as Maryland Library Day.  Supporters should arrive outside the appropriate balcony doors before 10:00am to get a seat when the doors open.  After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building.  Members of the Maryland library community are welcome to attend. Invitations have been sent to Senators, Delegates and other government officials.

Visits with legislators occur throughout the day and are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA).  This provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services that libraries provide to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.

If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating a Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day.  Details on the virtual event will be posted on this blog on January 25th.

2 Responses to “Maryland Library Legislative Day 2012 – Coming Soon!”

  1. 1 twila cavey January 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

    We should also be including public school libraries since they are also facing many cutbacks. Now our students suffer both in school and out side of school by not having the resources and professionals available to help them.

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