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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 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 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!


Libraries Transform campaign launched!

On October 29, 2015, the Libraries Transform campaign was launched. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Check out the Libraries Transform web site for more information about the campaign, trends relevant to libraries, how libraries are transforming lives and a toolkit with ideas of how your library can participate.

Senate Passes CISA; Next comes negotiations with House

After years of debate and much opposition, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S 754) passed on October 27, 2015. Amendments that were supported by the American Library Association and many coalition partners were defeated.

The Senate and House will now need to reconcile their different bills. Further action will likely not occur until late 2015 or early 2016.

For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

Your advocacy efforts to try and defeat this bill are greatly appreciated!

National Library Legislative Day 2015

National Library Legislative Day ( NLLD) is a two day event, organized by ALA, where, Library advocates, Library supporters, Librarians, Trustees, and  Friends from across the United States, gather in Washington DC to meet with their Representatives in Congress to advocate and encourage their support for libraries.
Registration is now open for this year’s NLLD
When: May,4, 5, 2015
Where: Liaison Hotel, Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
There is a cost for the first day briefing session, but for the second day, advocates may visit their representatives at no cost.
MLA usually takes care of registration for designated  officers on the Executive committee and the MLA legislative Panel/Federal Coordinator  will  provide information  about coordinators for each district.
Over the next few months,ALA will provide us with information on issues
For more  information on NLLD. check ALA’s District Dispatch link below.

Tips on Communicating With Your Elected Officials

To effectively advocate for libraries, we need to know how to contact our elected officials.  ALA’s website :  Tips on communicating with your elected officials, offers some useful information on how to communicate by telephone, in writing, and the protocol, as you advocate for libraries.  Advocacy by our professional staff, trustees, friends, citizens, will make the difference.


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