Last year, many library supporters participated in the rally and visits to legislators on Capitol Hill for Library Advocacy Day. This year, the annual national advocacy event for libraries, coordinated by the American Library Association Washington Office, has returned to its original format as National Library Legislative Day. Library advocates from across the country will come to Washington, DC on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th to learn about legislation and issues and visit members of Congress. With many issues facing libraries this year, this federal advocacy effort will be very important.
On Monday, May 9th, a briefing day will be held at the Liaison Hotel 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 $20 and includes breakfast and an afternoon snack. (If you have trouble with the online registration, check out these instructions.)
3/30/2011 Update: Registration will open at 8:00am. Briefings will begin at 9:00am.
4/25/2011 Update: Revised issue briefs have been posted. Go to the National Library Legislative Day web page and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Additional issue briefs will be added as they are available.
A reception will be held in the evening on Monday, May 9th on Capitol Hill.
3/30/2011 Update: The reception will be held in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
On Tuesday, May 10th, library advocates will visit members of Congress and ask for support of libraries. In Maryland, in order to present an organized advocacy effort, formal meetings with legislators will be coordinated through the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 18th.
If you are interested, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Liaison Hotel under American Library Association 2011 and they usually fill up quickly. To make reservations, call 1-866-AFFINIA or book online.
4/13/2011 Update: There are still some rooms left in the block of ALA rooms. The reduced rate on these rooms will be available until April 18th. If the Liaison Hotel staff tell you that the block of rooms if full, please contact Kristin Murphy from the ALA Washington Office for assistance at email@example.com or 202-628-2520.
This posting will be updated as more information becomes available. For some additional information, you may also visit the National Library Legislative Day web page of the American Library Association Washington Office.