Archive for February, 2013

Action Alert! Virtual MD Library Legislative Days 2013

Add your voice in support of libraries during the fourth annual Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days! This online advocacy event is being held to coincide with the live Maryland Library Legislative Day in Annapolis. Between February 13th and February 15th, members of the Maryland library community—library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers—are encouraged to take action! Please take a few moments to send a personal message to your state representatives to advocate for libraries. If you are already going to Annapolis, use the Action Alert to send a thank you to the legislators you visited. To
get started, go to the Capwiz Action Alert.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

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Maryland Library Legislative Day 2013 – Agenda

Maryland Library Legislative Day, our annual advocacy event, is just one week away! Each year during the Maryland General Assembly session, members of the Maryland library community assemble in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. This year’s event will be Wednesday, February 13th. The agenda for the day includes:

  • 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates meet at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, talking points and advocacy strategies, and to gather advocacy materials.
  • 9:15am – Recognition in the General Assembly – The Senate and House of Delegates will recognize the day as Maryland Library Day. Seating in the balcony for both the Senate and the House is limited. In order to get a seat, advocates should arrive outside the appropriate balcony doors before 9:15am. After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
  • Throughout the day – Advocates visit with legislators and their aides. Visits are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA). In addition to presenting the library community’s position on issues and legislation that impact libraries, 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.
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch and Learn! – Return to the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library for a special event. Join the Law Library Association of Maryland’s Lunch and Learn session with Catherine McGuire, Outreach Librarian at the Maryland State Law Library, and Pamela Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. They will provide a refresher course on Maryland Legislative History and an orientation on the new features and search techniques for Congress.gov, the successor to THOMAS. Seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Tonya Baroudi at tebaroudi@co.pg.md.us. Feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.
  • 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. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with elected officials.

If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days. Details on the virtual event will be posted on this blog on February 13th.

Legislative Panel Meeting Minutes, 1/4/2013

The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meeting on January 4, 2013 are now available. The December meeting was canceled.

MyBudget – Advocate for libraries as priority in next budget

The American Library Association Washington Office reports that Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has announced a new website where citizens can voice their budget priorities. Senator Murray is the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Here is more information about the website from CQ:

“Earlier this week, Murray announced an online effort to engage the public in the federal budget process. MyBudget, as it is called, is designed to provide members of the public with an easy way to pass along stories, ideas, values and priorities related to the budget to Congress.” –CQ, 1/29/13

Find the website at:

http://budget.senate.gov/democratic/index.cfm/mybudget

You are encouraged use this platform to make sure libraries are a priority in the next budget by promoting libraries as a budget priority and/or sharing your story. Below are some suggested talking points for public and school libraries. To make your message more effective, personalize it with details about your library and its impact in the community.

Continue reading ‘MyBudget – Advocate for libraries as priority in next budget’

Legislative Panel Meeting Minutes, 11/2/2012

The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meeting on November 2, 2012 are now available.

Webinar video available: Fiscal Cliff & Impact on Libraries

Still trying to figure out the fiscal cliff, how it impacts libraries or what you can do about it? Then watch the video of the informative January 17th webinar on those very topics. The slides are also available.



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