Archive for May, 2013

Action Alert! Ask Senators to co-sponsor Innovative Approaches to Literacy bill

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) is a critical program that funds competitive grants for underserved school libraries. Legislation is being introduced in the Senate to authorize the IAL grant program. Please call Senators Mikulski (202-224-4654) and Cardin (202-224-4524) and ask them to co-sponsor the legislation. While neither of the Senators signed on to the Dear Colleague letter in support of IAL (see the Legislative Panel blog post), this is another opportunity for the Senators to show their support for school libraries.

For more background information and talking points, see the Capwiz Action Alert. A link to the draft bill text is also available.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!

Action Alert! Advocate Virtually for National Library Legislative Day 2013!

National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC on May 7th and 8th. But if you can’t make it to DC, you can still take part in this national advocacy event by virtually contacting your representatives in Congress during Virtual Library Legislative Days, May 6th – May 10th. Give a simple thank you for supporting libraries, show appreciation for signing on to a Dear Colleague letter, encourage support  of legislation or advocate for a library issue that is your passion.

  • Issue Briefs Read the background and talking points on key issues from the briefs available on the Capwiz Action Alert.
  • Call Congress – Enter your ZIP code on the Capwiz site and get the phone numbers for your representatives.
  • Email Congress using Capwiz – Visit the Capwiz Action Alert for the virtual event. For your convenience, a pre-written letter is provided and you are encouraged to personalize your message to tell your story. Never used Capwiz? This is an easy way to start!
  • Tweet Congress – Use Twitter to automatically send a tweet to Congress in support of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Many thanks in advance for your virtual contribution to the success of National Library Legislative Day!


MD Congressmen Sign on to Dear Colleague Letters

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, we were able to get several members of Congress to sign on to Dear Colleague Letters in support of FY 2014 funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and literacy through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Signees were:

  • LSTA: Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen
  • IAL: Congressmen Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen

Please take a moment to thank the Congressmen for their support! You can use Capwiz to do so.

Overall, 57 members of the House and 34 Senators signed on to the LSTA letter. The IAL letter was signed on to by 103 members of the House and 26 Senators. For background on this call for signatures, see the Legislative Panel’s blog posts for the House and the Senate.


Issue Briefs for National Library Legislative Day

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. Check them out!

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