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, the successor to THOMAS. Seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Tonya Baroudi at 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.

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