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Action Alert! Advocate Virtually for National Library Legislative Day 2013!

National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC on May 7th and 8th. But if you can’t make it to DC, you can still take part in this national advocacy event by virtually contacting your representatives in Congress during Virtual Library Legislative Days, May 6th – May 10th. Give a simple thank you for supporting libraries, show appreciation for signing on to a Dear Colleague letter, encourage support  of legislation or advocate for a library issue that is your passion.

  • Issue Briefs Read the background and talking points on key issues from the briefs available on the Capwiz Action Alert.
  • Call Congress – Enter your ZIP code on the Capwiz site and get the phone numbers for your representatives.
  • Email Congress using Capwiz – Visit the Capwiz Action Alert for the virtual event. For your convenience, a pre-written letter is provided and you are encouraged to personalize your message to tell your story. Never used Capwiz? This is an easy way to start!
  • Tweet Congress – Use Twitter to automatically send a tweet to Congress in support of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Many thanks in advance for your virtual contribution to the success of National Library Legislative Day!

 

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Issue Briefs for National Library Legislative Day

The issue briefs outlining the talking points and the American Library Association’s position on various legislation and issues are being posted to the National Library Legislative Day web page as they become available. New this year are videos giving an overview of some topics. Check them out!

National Library Legislative Day 2013 – Advocate for Libraries!

The American Library Association is once again coordinating National Library Legislative Day, a national advocacy effort in support of libraries. This year, library advocates from across the country will gather in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th to learn about legislation and issues and visit members of the 113th Congress.  This coordinated effort increases the visibility of libraries on Capitol Hill and compliments the advocacy efforts that occur throughout the year.

Briefing Day

On Tuesday, May 7th, a briefing day will be held at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speakers will present information on federal legislation and issues that impact libraries to prepare library advocates for legislator visits on Capitol Hill. To register, complete the online registration form.  The registration fee is $30.

Legislator Visits

On Wednesday, May 8th, library advocates will go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their aides and to ask for support of libraries. Because the Maryland Library Association / Delaware Library Association Conference begins on Wednesday, May 8th, many of the visits with Maryland’s legislators will be scheduled on Tuesday, May 7th. Formal meetings with legislators will be coordinated through the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel to keep Maryland’s advocacy efforts organized. If you are interested in participating in the scheduled meetings, please contact Natalie Edington, Maryland’s State Coordinator and the Federal Coordinator of the Legislative Panel, at nedington@aacpl.net by Monday, April 15th.

Reception – 4/30/2013 Update

A reception for members of Congress and their aides will be held as part of the National Library Legislative Day activities. Invitations have been sent to all members of Congress. The reception will be on Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30pm in Room 902 in the Hart Senate Office Building. If you are visiting or contacting your legislators, please encourage them to come. If you are a library supporter, please also plan to attend!

Virtual Library Legislative Days – 5/7/2013 Update

Can’t make it to DC? You can still participate in this national advocacy effort virtually by calling, emailing or tweeting your representatives in Congress during Virtual Library Legislative Days, May 6th – 10th. Simply say thank you for their support or choose to advocate about key issues. For issues, talking points and details how to participate, see the Legislative Panel blog post.

Twitter Hashtag – 5/7/2013 Update

Be sure to use the hashtag #nlld2013 when you tweet about your National Library Legislative Day activities!

Webinar & Training – 5/3/2013 Update

Unfortunately, this year’s “What to Know Before You Go” webinar to share what to expect from National Library Legislative Day was canceled. However, the video of last year’s webinar still includes valuable information and may be viewed. First-time attendees are also encouraged to go to the Pre-Conference on Monday, May 6th from 3-5pm at the American Library Association’s Washington Office.

Issue Briefs & Legislator Scorecards – 5/3/2013 Update

The issue briefs outlining the talking points and the American Library Association’s position on various legislation and issues are being posted to the National Library Legislative Day web page as they become available. New this year are videos giving an overview of some topics. Legislator Scorecards, showing how members of Congress voted on library legislation in 2012, are also available.

Hotel Information

The ALA Washington Office has already blocked off rooms at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. To make reservations, go to the registration page and scroll down to Hotel.

More Information

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 

LAD Issue Briefs available online

The American Library Association (ALA) has posted issue briefs giving background information and what action is needed on various legislation and issues that impact libraries.  They are available to review in preparation for Library Advocacy Day and Congressional visits.

The Palm Cards that ALA will be providing will include three issues, as listed below.  Information on the issues may be found in the Issue Brief as indicated.

  • Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – See School Libraries
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) – See Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • Net Neutrality – See Broadband & Telecommunications

For more information on Library Advocacy Day, please view the posting on the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel blog.



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