Archive for February, 2015

National Library Legislative Day Video

Below is a  video about National Library Legislative Day  from the ALA Grassroots Coordinator.  It is your support and advocacy that will educate the elected officials about the value of libraries.

http://youtu.be/OUAKx5Op1CA

Remember also that you can use our new advocacy tool, ENGAGE,  to contact your elected officials to tell them how useful our libraries are to the over 3 million library users, and to those who walk through our doors seeking information on workforce and educational opportunities. Click on our Take Action button and tell your library story:  http://cqrcengage.com/alamd/

2015 WHCLIST Award

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the 2015 WHCLIST Award. This award is granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison Hotel. This year, NLLD will be held on May 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

To qualify for the award, applicants should be:

 A library supporter (trustee, friend, general supporter) and not a profession librarian.

 A first-time attendee of NLLD.

Application materials must be turned in no later than April 1, 2015.

To apply for the WHCLIST award, please submit a completed NLLD registration form; a letter explain-ing why you should receive the award; and a letter of reference from a library director, school librari-an, library board chair, Friend’s group chair, or other library representative to:

Lisa Lindle,   American Library Association

1615 New Hampshire Ave., NW

First Floor

Washington, DC 20009

llindle@alawash.org

202-628-8419 (fax)

Note: Applicants must register for NLLD and pay all associated costs. Applicants must make their own travel arrangements. The winner will be reimbursed for two free nights in the NLLD hotel in D.C and receive the $300 stipend to defray the  cost of attending the event. The winner will be notified by April 7, 2015

ENGAGE Legislative Action Center

Engage: Legislative Action Center

Engage is our new online advocacy tool  that has replaced Capwiz.  Engage will   distribute information about legislative issues and facilitate contact with elected officials. Engage is used by the American Library Association (ALA) for library advocacy at the federal level. ALA also makes Engage available to the Maryland Library Association (MLA) for Maryland library advocacy efforts. Check out  Engage at our MLA website  http://cqrcengage.com/alamd/

ALA site on Engage:     http://cqrcengage.com/ala/

Show your support for libraries by using Engage to contact your  elected officials.



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