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Advocate for Libraries on Capitol Hill! National Library Legislative Day 2011

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.

Briefing Day

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.

Legislator Visits

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 by Monday, April 18th.

Hotel Information

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 or 202-628-2520.

More Information

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.

Library Advocacy Day – Wrap Up

Library Advocacy Day was held on Tuesday, June 29th.  Over 1600 library supporters, including more than 100 people from Maryland, rallied on Capitol Hill.  Then many visited legislators to encourge support of libraries.  In addition, over 1100 people contacted legislators through Capwiz during Virtual Library Advocacy Week.  Many thanks to all who participated!  Here is a collection of photos and a video on the live event.

  • Video of the speakers during the Rally.
  • Photos from the Maryland Library Community.
  • Photos from other rally participants.
  • Photos from the American Library Association’s Washington Office.
  • Photos from the GaleCengage.

Also, you can read an article on the event on page 19 of the Summer edition of the The Crab, the newsletter of the Maryland Library Association.

Library Advocacy Day a success! Virtual Library Advocacy Week just getting started!

Many thanks to over 100 Maryland library supporters who came to Washington, DC on Tuesday to attend the Library Advocacy Day Rally and visit members of Congress.  Rally participants enjoyed hearing from Lauren Myracle (YA author whose books often appear on the Banned Books list) and two library supporters in Congress–Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)  and Congressman Vern Ehlers (R-MI).  About 1600 people from across the country attended the Rally.  Pictures will be posted soon.

If you couldn’t make it to Library Advocacy Day, you can still participate in Virtual Library Advocacy Week.  Thank you for any library support you can provide!

Virtrual Library Advocacy Week – Make your voice heard!

Even if you can’t make it to Washington, DC for the Library Advocacy Day on June 29th on Capitol Hill, you can still make your voice heard!  Below is some information from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office:

In these tough economic times, Americans need their libraries more than ever.  Sadly, libraries are often forgotten in times of crisis by everyone but the people who need them most.  For this reason, the ALA is hosting Library Advocacy Day on June 29, 2010, on Capitol Hill. 

If you can’t make this event, there are still many opportunities to get involved.  Please show your support for libraries the week of June 28-July 2 by participating in Virtual Library Advocacy Week.  This event, which will be held in conjunction with Library Advocacy Day, will be the biggest show of library advocacy on the federal level in the history of the American Library Association.  Your voice, along with over a thousand advocates rallying on Capitol Hill on the 29th, will raise awareness about the important work that libraries and librarians do on a daily basis to help kids learn to read, help people find jobs, and so much more.

A simple phone call or e-mail is all it takes.  To send an e-mail, go to and click on the issue you are interested in.  The website will take you to a sample form letter.  Customize it with stories on what your local library is doing to help people look for jobs or gain digital literacy skills as well as other programs. These examples truly matter to your elected officials. 

In order to maximize our impact, when contacting your elected officials, please make the following requests:

  • Fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $300 million for FY 2011. LSTA funding is distributed to states by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through population-based grants and is the only source of federal funding for public libraries.
  • Fund the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at $100 million so that students all across the country can obtain the 21st century skills they will need to succeed in college and the workplace.

If you’d like to call, you can also call the Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your member of Congress.  If you aren’t sure who your member is, use the Capwiz link above to find out.  It’s really that simple.

When you’re done with your call, don’t forget to tweet about your experience.  Just use this hashtag: #LAD2010.

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

Library Advocacy Day – More Information

Just a few updates on Library Advocacy Day, coming up on June 29th:

At the Rally, look for the Maryland sign!  ALA is providing signs for each of the states so that people can easily find colleagues.  At this point, there are at least 100 people registered from Maryland, out of about 1200 total from around the country, so we are very well represented!

 Ask Questions about Library Advocacy Day and advocacy – There are a few more opportunities:

  •  “Advocacy Hour” – Daily from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the Membership Pavilion, Booth 2525.  Come and learn about all the ways you can get involved in library advocacy, as well as ask questions about Library Advocacy Day.
  • Q&A at the Membership Pavilion – Sunday from 12 – 1 pm and again from 2:30pm – 3:30 pm;  Monday from 11:30am –  12:30pm and again from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.  Volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions.
  • LAD / Ambassadors Desk – Located in Registration.  Staff will be happy to answer questions and register individuals for the event.

Maryland Messages – ALA has provided information on federal legislation and issues.  (See Issue Briefs.)  However, someone asked if there are any specific issues or messages that Maryland libraries would like to share.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Personal Stories – The personal story of what you and/or your library do for your customers is always valuable.
  • For Public Libraries – Stress how public libraries are connected to the community, provide free Internet access, assist job seekers, help small businesses and support education and literacy for children.
  • For School Libraries – Accentuate the positive impact that school media specialists and an effective school library program have on student achievement in reading, information literacy and helping students become 21st Century Learners.
  • For Academic Libraries – Emphasize the vital role academic libraries play in strong academic programs and in shaping the graduates who contribute to the success of Maryland’s business and industry and to the quality of life throughout the state.

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

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.

Virtual Library Legislative Day Webinar

Can’t make it to Library Advocacy Day on June 29th?  Participate in the Virtual Library Advocacy Day!  Join the ALA Washington Office on Monday, June 21st for a webinar on the Virtual Library Advocacy Day to learn more.  For webinar details and registration information, see the District Dispatch posting.

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

Library Advocacy Day Training @ALA Conference

“Library Advocacy Day: What to Know Before You Go,” a training session to help prepare you for the event, will be offered during the American Library Association (ALA) Conference.  Anyone may attend this free training session and you do not have to be registered for the ALA Conference.  The details and a program description appear below.  The training session will basically be the same as the webinar by the same title that was presented on May 24th, with some more time spent on federal legislation and issues.  If you can’t make it to the training session and missed the webinar, the video of the webinar is available online.

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

Training Session:

Library Advocacy Day: What to Know Before You Go

Do you have questions about Library Advocacy Day?  Are you attending Congressional meetings, and aren’t sure how they work?  Are you registered to volunteer, but aren’t sure what to do?  This is perfect opportunity to have all your questions answered.  Stephanie Vance and Kristin Murphy will walk you through how the rally will work, what hot federal issues will be discussed and what to expect when you talk to your members of Congress.  If you’ve registered to volunteer, you’ll also have a chance to ask questions and find out where you need to be at what time.

Date:  June 26, 2010

Time:  10:30 a.m. – noon

Room: Washington Convention Center, Room 103 B

Library Advocacy Day Video Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Library Advocacy Day Video Contest were announced.  The winning videos are posted on the District Dispatch.

Information on Library Advocacy Day may be viewed on the blog for the Maryland Library Association Legislative Panel’s blog posting.

Video Available of Webinar “What to Know Before You Go to the Library Advocacy Day Rally”

On Monday, the American Library Association’s Washington Office held a webinar entitled “What to Know Before You Go to the Library Advocacy Day Rally.”  If you did participate, hopefully you are more energized!  If you missed it, you can now view a video of the webinar online.  For a link to the video, see the District Dispatch posting.

During the webinar, some misinformation about Maryland’s plans was brought to light.  In Maryland, people are encouraged to participate in the rally and the visits with members of Congress.  If you are interested in visiting members of Congress, please contact Natalie Edington at  Natalie is the State Coordinator for Maryland her job is to coordinate federal advocacy efforts of the Maryland library community.  As was stated in the webinar, it is important to present a coordinated effort, and not overwhelm and confuse legislators with numerous visits for the same cause. 

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

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