Archive for March, 2014

Advocate for Libraries! National Library Legislative Day 2014

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is right around the corner! This annual advocacy event is coordinated by the American Library Association (ALA). Library advocates from across the country will come to Washington, DC this year on Monday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 6th to learn about legislation and issues that impact libraries and visit with members of Congress and their aides.  This concentrated presence on Capitol Hill serves to compliment the year-round advocacy efforts of library supporters. Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

 

Briefing Day

A Briefing Day will be held on Monday, May 5th at The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Information on federal legislation and issues that impact libraries will be presented to prepare library advocates for legislator visits on Capitol Hill. You may register online by April 25th. The cost is $30.

 

Reception

A reception to recognize legislators will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 5-7pm on Capitol Hill in Room 902 at 104 Hart Senate Office Building. Invitations have been sent to all members of Congress. Library advocates are encouraged to attend.

 

Legislator Visits

On Tuesday, May 6th, library advocates will visit members of Congress and their aides to share library success stories and to ask for support of libraries and library legislation.  In order to present an organized advocacy effort, formal meetings with Maryland’s legislators will be coordinated through the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel.  If you are interested in participating in the scheduled meetings, please contact Glennor Shirley, Maryland’s State Coordinator and the Federal Coordinator of the Legislative Panel, at glennorloy@gmail.com by Monday, April 14th.

 

Issue Briefs

Issue briefs on key library issues are now available on the National Library Legislative Day web site.

 

Hashtag #nlld2014

When posting to social media, be sure to use hashtag #nlld2014.

 

Hotel Information

The ALA Washington Office has already blocked off rooms at The Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. To make reservations:

  • By Phone: Call 1-866-AFFINIA (1-866-233-4642) and reference the ALA National Library Legislative Day group or the reservation ID NLLD14.
  • Online: Go to the online reservation form and enter NLLD14 in the “Group Code” box.
  • By E-mail: Send reservations to reservations@affinia.com. Reference the ALA National Library Legislative Day group or the reservation ID NLLD14, confirm dates and provide payment information.

 

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Action Alert! Contact Congress to sign Dear Colleague Letters in support of LSTA & IAL

Please take a few moments to contact your legislators in the House and Senate and ask them to support libraries. Ask them to sign two “Dear Colleague” letters in support of FY 2015 funding. If they signed on last year, please thank them and encourage them to sign on again. For greater impact, mention any personal stories about how your library benefits from this funding.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Deadline – They must sign on by Monday, March 24th.

Why support it? The letter asks for level funding ($180.9 million from FY 2014). This is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget and is used by public libraries to provide services.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year Senator Cardin signed on to the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include LSTA on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact Representative Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) office.
  • Last year Representative Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include LSTA on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

Deadline – They must sign on by Wednesday, April 2nd.

Why support it? This competitive grant program provides $25 million to support school libraries and national nonprofit literacy organizations working toward childhood literacy. At least half of the funds for this program would go to low-income school libraries to help update books and materials.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year neither Senator signed onto the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include IAL on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact – Democrats contact Representative Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) office. Republicans contact Representative Don Young’s (R-AK) office.
  • Last year Representatives Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include IAL on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

To identify and get contact information for your representatives, and also find additional talking points please see the Capwiz Action Alerts for the House and the Senate.

Thanks in advance for reaching out to your members of Congress!

Obama’s FY 2015 budget request provides supports School Librarians

President Obama’s FY 2015 budget includes $200 million in funding for ConnectEDucators, a new program for professional development for school librarians, teachers and leaders who provide high-speed internet access to students. Training will ensure that these educators are well-prepared to use high-speed internet resources in a way that improves classroom instruction and student learning.

The budget request also includes funding for school librarians through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top program. Through the Equity and Opportunity Program, states and school districts with high poverty areas will need to establish a means of keeping their best educators, including school librarians, in their schools.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.

Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget; Includes LSTA cut and no funds for school libraries

On March 4th, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget. It includes $178.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is $2 million less than in FY 2014. No money is provided for school libraries.

Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), said in a conference call with stakeholders that IMLS will be working on a National Continuing Education Platform to ensure continued education of library employees on new services and technologies.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.

Legislative Panel Meeting Minutes, 12/6/2013 & 2/7/2014

The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meeting on December 6, 2013 and February 7, 2014 are now available. There was no meeting in January.



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