Add your voice in support of libraries during the annual Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days! This online advocacy event is being held to coincide with the live Maryland Library Legislative Day in Annapolis. Between February 3rd and February 5th, members of the Maryland library community—library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers—are encouraged to advocate for libraries! Please take a few moments to send a personal message to your state representatives. If you are already going to Annapolis, use the Advocacy Alert to send a thank you to the legislators you visited. To get started, go to the Engage Advocacy Alert.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!
A belated thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day! The day started with the Senate and House designating the day as Maryland Library Day and acknowledging the innovative services provided by all Maryland Libraries. Library advocates spent the day meeting with legislators and aides, sharing library successes and asking for their support when voting on bills. Over 130 people attended the evening’s reception, including 42 Senators and Delegates.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Add your voice in support of libraries during the fifth annual Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days! This online advocacy event is being held to coincide with the live Maryland Library Legislative Day in Annapolis. Between February 19th and February 21st, members of the Maryland library community—library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers—are encouraged to take action! Please take a few moments to send a personal message to your state representatives to advocate for libraries. If you are already going to Annapolis, use the Action Alert to send a thank you to the legislators you visited. To get started, go to the Capwiz Action Alert.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!
Maryland Library Legislative Day, our annual advocacy event, is tomorrow! On Wednesday, February 19th, members of the Maryland library community will assemble in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. The agenda for the day includes:
- 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates meet at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, talking points and advocacy strategies, and to gather advocacy materials.
- 9:15am – Recognition in the Senate in the State House – The Senate will recognize the day as Maryland Library Day. Seating in the balcony is limited. In order to get a seat, advocates should arrive outside the balcony doors before 9:15am. After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
- 10:00am – Recognition in the House of Delegates in the State House – A similar recognition will be made for Maryland Library Day in the House of Delegates. Seating in the balcony is limited. In order to get a seat, advocates should arrive outside the balcony doors before 10:00am. After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
- Throughout the day – Advocates visit with legislators and their aides. Visits are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA). In addition to presenting the library community’s position on issues and legislation that impact libraries, this provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services that libraries provide to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.
- 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building. Members of the Maryland library community are welcome to attend. Invitations have been sent to Senators, Delegates and other government officials. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with elected officials. Large copies of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries will be posted during the reception, courtesy of Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML). Please sign the Declaration and encourage others to do so.
If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating a Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day. Details on the virtual event will be posted on this blog on February 19th.
The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly is underway, as is the planning for this year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day. This annual advocacy event is a time for the Maryland Library community to visit with legislators in Annapolis and virtually contact legislators using Capwiz. This year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day will be held on Wednesday, February 19th. Details will be shared closer to the date.
For information on last year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day, see the Legislative Panel’s blog post.
We hope that everyone can participate in some way!
Published June 30, 2013
Tags: advocacy, Training, Webinar
Missed the webinar that taught 10 quick and easy ways to use your library’s busy summer calendar as an advocacy tool? You can view online a recorded video of the June 18th webinar, as well as a more detailed description.
Members of the Maryland Library community gathered in Annapolis for Maryland Library Legislative Day on February 13th to advocate for libraries. The Senate and the House of Delegates voted to declare the day as Maryland Library Day. The audio recording of the Senate resolution, introduced by Senator Kasemeyer and the House resolution, introduced by House Speaker Michael Busch are available online. (Click on the audio for the proceedings for February 13th. The declaration in the Senate is on Session #2 about seven minutes in; the declaration in the House is about 19 minutes in.)
Throughout the day, advocates were able to meet with most, if not all of the Senators, Delegates or their legislative assistants to talk about what libraries are doing and ask for support of funding for the Public Library Capital Grant Program. Additionally, about 40 advocates were able to participate virtually by contacting elected officials using Capwiz.
The reception in the evening was attended by about 150 people, including 37 elected officials and many legislative assistants. Other guests included Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools, and Maureen Sullivan, President of the American Library Association.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Maryland Library Legislative Day and helped to make it a success!