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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