Archive for April, 2013

Congressional Reception for National Library Legislative Day 2013

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!


More information about the 2013 National Library Legislative Day is also available.

CISPA Passes in House

On Friday, the House passed HR 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), despite many concerns about privacy issues and a warning from White House advisors that they would recommend that the President veto the bill. (See the earlier Legislative Panel blog post and Capwiz Action Alert for more information on concerns.) In Maryland, the vote was split. Ruppersberger (a co-sponsor of the bill), Harris and Hoyer voted for the bill, while Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted against. The bill has now moved to the Senate.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators to express concerns with the bill. Please take a moment to thank those who voted against the bill. You can use Capwiz to send a thank you message.

CANCELED – Free Webinar on 4/23: Nat’l Library Legislative Day information

4/22/2013 UPDATE: Per ALA Washington Office, this webinar has been canceled:

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel tomorrow’s webinar titled, “What to Know Before You Go to National Library Legislative Day (or Participate from the Safety of your Community!).” Stephanie Vance, our advocacy consultant, is dealing with a family emergency.

For anyone interested, here is the link the webinar we did before Leg Day last year:

The specifics have obviously changed but the advocacy tips remain quite relevant. Additionally, first time participants are encouraged to attend “Pre-Conference” at the Washington Office on May 6 from 3-5pm. Stephanie and I will lead that session.”

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Action Alert! Write Your Rep to Vote No on CISPA

There is a dangerous cybersecurity bill coming up for a vote this week in the House of Representatives. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA, HR 624) overrides previous bills to obliterate your online privacy. This bill allows companies to share your personal information with the federal government and allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect your internet records. This is an ability that they do not need and that will not protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from a cyber-attack.

Please take the time to urge your representative to protect our online rights and vote “NO” on CISPA.

Use the Capwiz Action Alert to send your representative a letter opposing CISPA. A pre-written letter is provided that you can personalize to increase the impact.

Note: When contacting Congressman Ruppersberger, please be aware that he is a co-sponsor of this bill. It would be good to acknowledge this, and then share your concerns.

Many thanks for any advocacy you can provide!

Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

It is now time to contact the Senators! Please call Senator Mikulski (202-224-4654) and Senator Cardin (202-224-4524) by Wednesday, April 24th and ask them to sign onto two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries—one for funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.  Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters’

Legislative Panel Meeting Minutes, 3/1/2013

The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meeting on March 1, 2013 are now available.

Copyright Workshop for School Librarians

Carrie Russell from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office will offer an online workshop entitled “Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators” on Thursday, April 11th from 2:30-4pm. The workshop description states that it will offer guidance on ways to legally provide materials to students by exploring common scenarios encountered by school educators and librarians and is based on her book by the same title. Registration is through the ALA Store. This is not a free workshop. See the registration page of individual and group rates.

Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Sign onto LSTA and Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

Please call your U.S. Representative by Wednesday, April 10th and ask them to sign two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries–one for LSTA Funding and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.

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