Posts Tagged 'advocacy'

Advocacy Alert! Save IMLS, LSTA and IAL!

As you have probably heard, President Trump’s FY18 federal budget proposal eliminates all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This would include the elimination of all federal funding to libraries and the impact on Maryland libraries would be significant. A few statements and articles:

The American Library Association (ALA), both as a whole and its many parts, have been working to prevent the elimination of IMLS. Your advocacy is also very much needed. Here are a couple of ways that you can help now:

  1. Ask Representatives to sign onto Dear Appropriator Letters asking for full funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL): This is a very tangible way to show support for IMLS, who receives and distributes these funds to states. You can use Engage to call, email or tweet your Representative. The email engagement does include a pre-written letter that you can personalize to increase the impact. Representatives must sign on by April 3rd. For more information, including a link to the letters, see the District Dispatch article. In Maryland: Last year, Representatives Cummings, Delaney and Sarbanes signed onto the IAL letter, but no Representatives signed onto the LSTA letter. It would be great to have everyone sign on, especially Representatives Harris and Ruppersberger who serve on the Committee on Appropriations.
  2. Tweet with the hashtag #SAVEIMLS: Share your IMLS story about how funding supports your local community. Search the database of grants at to learn about grants awarded. See more information on how the tweets are being tracked.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide! More opportunities to advocate will be shared as they become available.

 

Email Privacy Act passed in House

The Email Privacy Act (HR 387) passed by voice vote in the House on Monday night. Many thanks to everyone who reached out to their Representative to encourage support of the bill!

The bill now moves over to the Senate. The American Library Association Washington Office and its partners in the Digital Due Process Coalition are working together to strategize the advocacy efforts for the Senate. Stay tuned for another request for advocacy.

For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

 

Advocacy Alert! Contact House before Mon 2/6 on Email Privacy Act

Your action is needed on or before Mon 2/6! From the American Library Association Washington Office:

“On Monday, February 6, the entire House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 387 using a special procedure that will protect it from amendments and expedite the process. That procedure (known as a suspension of the rules) also requires that it receive support from two-thirds of the Representatives voting, not as a simple majority. The bill should have no trouble clearing that hurdle. Given how many Members of Congress and their staffs are brand new-and how important this vote is-we cannot afford to sit back and watch.

“With the crucial vote on H.R. 387 set for Monday, we have no time to lose. Help us send the Email Privacy Act to the Senate with another unanimous vote in the House. Contact your Representative now.”

Background: This the same Email Privacy Act that was unanimously passed in the House last year (HR 699), then stalled in the Senate. If passed, it would extend 4th Amendment privacy protection to emails, texts, tweets, cloud-stored photos and files, and other electronic communications.

Last year’s vote was unanimous, and all of MD’s Representatives who were in office last year voted for the bill (Cummings, Delaney, Harris, Hoyer, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes). Congressmen Harris and Cummings were also co-sponsors of the bill. It is still critical to ensure that they vote in support of the bill this year.

Take action! Please take a moment on or before Mon 2/6 to contact your Representative via email (a pre-written letter is provided), phone or tweet using Engage at http://cqrcengage.com/ala/. Additional background information and talking points are also available at this link.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Advocacy Alert! Protect LSTA and IAL Funding

Although the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal includes level funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), libraries are still being cut. Funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is cut by over half a million dollars. Keeping LSTA funding at $186.6 million would allow libraries to continue critical programs. The proposed budget does include level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) at $27 million.

The Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will be working on the IMLS budget mark up as early as next week. Senator Mikulski is a member of this subcommittee. Please take a moment to contact the Senator and ask her to continue her long-standing support of libraries by keeping IAL funding at $27 million and restoring funding to LSTA at $186.6 million. Talk about how the LSTA cut will negatively impact library services. Check out this LSTA handout created by Maryland’s Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) to see how LSTA funds are used to transform lives statewide. For more information on how to contact Senator Mikulski, go to the American Library Association’s Engage website and click on Send an Email (provides a pre-written letter), Make a Call or Send a Tweet.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

National Library Legislative Day 2016 – Updated

It’s that time of year again! National Library Legislative Day!
  • When: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday May 3, 2016
  • Where: Liaison Hotel, Capitol Hill, Washington DC
National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is an annual, two-day advocacy event organized by the American Library Association. The event brings Library advocates, Library supporters, Librarians, Trustees, and Friends from across the United States together in Washington DC to meet with members of Congress and their aides to advocate and encourage support for libraries.
Briefing Day – Monday, May 2nd is a briefing day. You may register for this session through April 22nd on the NLLD webpage. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted at the door.
Virtual Briefing Day – New! – Briefing Day will be streaming live starting at 9am on Monday.
Issue Briefs – The 2016 issue briefs are now available. This year, all of the briefs are in this one document.
Reception – The reception will be from 5-7pm in Room 902, Hart Senate Office Building. Members of Congress and their staff have been invited by the American Library Association (ALA) and library supporters are welcome.
Legislator Visits – Tuesday, May 3rd is when most of the visits to Congress occur. If you are interested in joining a delegation for a visit, please contact Natalie Edington at nedington@bcpl.net by Monday, April 25th.
Virtual NLLD – Can’t make it to Washington DC? You can still participate virtually through Friday, May 6th. Visit the American Library Association’s advocacy page for more information on Virtual NLLD, including how to email, call or tweet your elected officials. There will be an opportunity to participate in Virtual NLLD via phone, email and tweets. Register at this site to receive talking points and other resources. Encourage others to register, too!
For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/nlld and check back on this Legislative Panel blog.

Advocacy Alert! Virtual MD Library Legislative Days 2016

 

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!

House Passes Every Student Succeeds Act! Advocacy Alert: Ask Senators to Vote Yes

The House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Wednesday, December 2nd, with the inclusion of many of the school library provisions! More information, including a link to a list of the school library provisions, is available on the District Dispatch, or view the  American Library Association (ALA) Press Release.

Many thanks to everyone who called, emailed or tweeted their Representative in the House! Congressmen Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Hoyer, Sarbanes and Van Hollen all voted for the bill. Please take a moment to thank your Representative. (Congressman Ruppersberger did not vote.)

Advocacy Alert! The bill now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected to occur next week. Please take the time to contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin asking them to vote Yes on the ESSA Conference Report. The American Library Association (ALA) Engage site has additional information needed to call or email the Senators. You may also tweet the Senators.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!

 



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