Archive for January, 2013

National Library Legislative Day 2013 – Advocate for Libraries!

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.

Briefing Day

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.

Legislator Visits

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 nedington@aacpl.net 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.

Hotel Information

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.

More Information

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Free Webinar – Fiscal Cliff & Impact on Libraries

Congress averted the fiscal cliff for now, but what does that mean for libraries? How can we speak up for libraries? You can find out this and more on Thursday, January 17th, 4-5pm during a free webinar entitled “The Fiscal Cliff, the 113th Congress and You – How What’s Happening in DC Might Impact the Library Community.” Offered by the American Library Association Washington Office, this webinar will discuss the fiscal cliff, sequestration and other issues facing the 113th Congress, their impact on libraries, and what we can do to speak up for libraries. For more information and to register, please see the webinar announcement.

Maryland Legislative Session begins today; Maryland Library Legislative Day scheduled

The legislative session for the General Assembly begins today in Annapolis. Legislators will be faced with a number of issues, as well as the challenge of passing a balanced budget. If you still are not sure which legislators represent you, you can find out by entering your address on Capwiz or by using the Who Are My Elected Officials? web site.

Each year during the legislative session, the Maryland Library community organizes and participates in Maryland Library Legislative Day. The day is a concentrated advocacy effort, including visits with legislators in Annapolis and virtual advocacy using Capwiz. This annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th. For information about last year’s event, visit the Legislative Panel blog post.

113th Congress session opens on January 3rd

Last Thursday, the 113th session of Congress opened. For Maryland, there was one new elected official going to Washington, DC. Congressman John Delaney will be representing the 6th District. This seat was formerly occupied by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett.

If you’re wondering how to connect with your representatives or what issues the 113th Congress may consider, you may want to check out the webinar video “Election Update and Connecting with the New Congress” from the American Library Association Washington Office. See the District Dispatch post for details on how to access the video, slide deck and handouts.

 

112th Congress closes session and averts “fiscal cliff”

Last Wednesday, January 2nd, was the last day of the 112th Congress. In their last hours, they passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was then signed by the President. This bill averts the “fiscal cliff” by extending tax cuts and delaying sequestration until March 1, 2013. Sequestration, or the automatic reduction of spending, would likely have had significant impact on public, school and federal libraries.

For more information, see the District Dispatch post. Although it is not yet known what the impact of this deal means for Maryland, this Gazette article provides some discussion.



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