The American Library Association is once again coordinating National Library Legislative Day, a national advocacy effort in support of libraries. This year, library advocates from across the country will gather in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th to learn about legislation and issues and visit members of the 113th Congress. This coordinated effort increases the visibility of libraries on Capitol Hill and compliments the advocacy efforts that occur throughout the year.
On Tuesday, May 7th, a briefing day will be held at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speakers will present information on federal legislation and issues that impact libraries to prepare library advocates for legislator visits on Capitol Hill. To register, complete the online registration form. The registration fee is $30.
On Wednesday, May 8th, library advocates will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their aides and to ask for support of libraries. Because the Maryland Library Association / Delaware Library Association Conference begins on Wednesday, May 8th, many of the visits with Maryland’s legislators will be scheduled on Tuesday, May 7th. Formal meetings with legislators will be coordinated through the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel to keep Maryland’s advocacy efforts organized. If you are interested in participating in the scheduled meetings, please contact Natalie Edington, Maryland’s State Coordinator and the Federal Coordinator of the Legislative Panel, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 15th.
Reception – 4/30/2013 Update
A reception for members of Congress and their aides will be held as part of the National Library Legislative Day activities. Invitations have been sent to all members of Congress. The reception will be on Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30pm in Room 902 in the Hart Senate Office Building. If you are visiting or contacting your legislators, please encourage them to come. If you are a library supporter, please also plan to attend!
Virtual Library Legislative Days – 5/7/2013 Update
Can’t make it to DC? You can still participate in this national advocacy effort virtually by calling, emailing or tweeting your representatives in Congress during Virtual Library Legislative Days, May 6th – 10th. Simply say thank you for their support or choose to advocate about key issues. For issues, talking points and details how to participate, see the Legislative Panel blog post.
Twitter Hashtag – 5/7/2013 Update
Be sure to use the hashtag #nlld2013 when you tweet about your National Library Legislative Day activities!
Webinar & Training – 5/3/2013 Update
Unfortunately, this year’s “What to Know Before You Go” webinar to share what to expect from National Library Legislative Day was canceled. However, the video of last year’s webinar still includes valuable information and may be viewed. First-time attendees are also encouraged to go to the Pre-Conference on Monday, May 6th from 3-5pm at the American Library Association’s Washington Office.
Issue Briefs & Legislator Scorecards – 5/3/2013 Update
The issue briefs outlining the talking points and the American Library Association’s position on various legislation and issues are being posted to the National Library Legislative Day web page as they become available. New this year are videos giving an overview of some topics. Legislator Scorecards, showing how members of Congress voted on library legislation in 2012, are also available.
The ALA Washington Office has already blocked off rooms at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. To make reservations, go to the registration page and scroll down to Hotel.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.