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Action Alert! Virtual MD Library Legislative Days 2013

Add your voice in support of libraries during the fourth 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 13th and February 15th, members of the Maryland library community—library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers—are encouraged to take action! Please take a few moments to send a personal message to your state representatives to advocate for libraries. If you are already going to Annapolis, use the Action Alert to send a thank you to the legislators you visited. To
get started, go to the Capwiz Action Alert.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2013 – Agenda

Maryland Library Legislative Day, our annual advocacy event, is just one week away! Each year during the Maryland General Assembly session, members of the Maryland library community assemble in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. This year’s event will be Wednesday, February 13th. The agenda for the day includes:

  • 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates meet at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, talking points and advocacy strategies, and to gather advocacy materials.
  • 9:15am – Recognition in the General Assembly – The Senate and House of Delegates will recognize the day as Maryland Library Day. Seating in the balcony for both the Senate and the House is limited. In order to get a seat, advocates should arrive outside the appropriate balcony doors before 9:15am. After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
  • Throughout the day – Advocates visit with legislators and their aides. Visits are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA). In addition to presenting the library community’s position on issues and legislation that impact libraries, this provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services that libraries provide to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch and Learn! – Return to the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library for a special event. Join the Law Library Association of Maryland’s Lunch and Learn session with Catherine McGuire, Outreach Librarian at the Maryland State Law Library, and Pamela Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. They will provide a refresher course on Maryland Legislative History and an orientation on the new features and search techniques for Congress.gov, the successor to THOMAS. Seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Tonya Baroudi at tebaroudi@co.pg.md.us. Feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building. Members of the Maryland library community are welcome to attend. Invitations have been sent to Senators, Delegates and other government officials. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with elected officials.

If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days. Details on the virtual event will be posted on this blog on February 13th.

Maryland Legislative Session begins today; Maryland Library Legislative Day scheduled

The legislative session for the General Assembly begins today in Annapolis. Legislators will be faced with a number of issues, as well as the challenge of passing a balanced budget. If you still are not sure which legislators represent you, you can find out by entering your address on Capwiz or by using the Who Are My Elected Officials? web site.

Each year during the legislative session, the Maryland Library community organizes and participates in Maryland Library Legislative Day. The day is a concentrated advocacy effort, including visits with legislators in Annapolis and virtual advocacy using Capwiz. This annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th. For information about last year’s event, visit the Legislative Panel blog post.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2012 was a success!

This year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day was again a success! Participants from all types of libraries met with legislators and aides in Annapolis to advocate for libraries. Libraries were recognized on the floor of both the Senate and the House of Delegates. Audio recordings of the proceedings in both houses, including the resolution and declaration of Maryland Library Day, may be downloaded from the Maryland General Assembly’s web site. (Select the proceedings for January 25th. The declaration in the Senate is about four minutes in; the declaration in the House is about 14 minutes in.)

Over 140 people attended the evening’s reception, including Senate President Mike Miller and 28 other elected officials, as well as Bernard Sadusky, Interim State Superintendent of Schools, and Alexander Sanchez, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Many thanks to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this event!

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2012 – Coming Soon!

The 90-day legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly begins today. Each year during this time, members of the Maryland library community gather in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. This year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day will be Wednesday, January 25th.  Activities will include:

  • 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates arrive at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, advocacy strategies and what to expect from this legislative session.
  • 10:00am – Recognition in the General Assembly – The Senate and/or House of Delegates will recognize the day as Maryland Library Day.  Supporters should arrive outside the appropriate balcony doors before 10:00am to get a seat when the doors open.  After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building.  Members of the Maryland library community are welcome to attend. Invitations have been sent to Senators, Delegates and other government officials.

Visits with legislators occur throughout the day and are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA).  This provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services that libraries provide to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.

If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating a Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day.  Details on the virtual event will be posted on this blog on January 25th.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2011 – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day and helped to make it a success!

Members of the Maryland library community descended on Annapolis on Wednesday, February 23rd for the annual Maryland Library Legislative Day.  After the Senate unanimously declared the day as Maryland Library Day, library advocates visited with members of the General Assembly and their aides to talk about the value and successes of libraries of all types and to request support for the Governor’s proposed budget, including flat per capita funding (no cuts) and the full $5 million for the Library Capital Grants Program.  Many advocates reported being well-received and hearing words of support from legislators and their aides. The day ended with a reception in the Senate President’s Conference Room with 27 elected officials and about 125 library advocates in attendance.

Some library supporters who could not make it to Annapolis joined in the Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days.  Seventeen advocates sent almost 60 messages to various legislators across the state.

Pictures of various activities throughout the day are also available.  Many thanks to the Baltimore County Public Library for sharing their photos.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2011 – Coming soon!

 Maryland Library Legislative Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 23rd.  Members of the Maryland library community take the opportunity once a year to make a strong presence in Annapolis and advocate for libraries.  This year’s events include:

  • 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates arrive at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, advocacy strategies and what to expect from this legislative session.
  • 10:00am – Proclamation of Maryland Library Day – The Senate President will proclaim the day as Maryland Library Day on the Senate floor.  Supporters should arrive outside the State House’s Senate balcony doors before 10:00am to get a seat when the doors open.  After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
  • 5:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building.  Senators and Delegates have been invited to attend, along with any members of the Maryland library community.

Visits with legislators are scheduled throughout the day and are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the  Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA).  This provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services the library provides to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.

If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating a Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day.  Stay tuned for details about this advocacy event!

Maryland Library Legislative Day a success!

We wish to thank all those who participated in the live Maryland Library Legislative Day and the Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days.  Your participation helped to increase awareness among our legislators of the importance of Libraries to Marylanders across the state.

Pictures of the live event will soon be posted on the web site of the Maryland Library Association.

If you have not already taken action for the Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days, there is still time.  This online advocacy effort will continue through March 24th.

Action Alert! Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days

To coincide with the live Maryland Library Legislative Day  advocacy event, this year we are having the first Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Days.  Members of the Maryland library community-library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers-are encouraged to use Capwiz to write to their state legislators between March 17th and March 24th.  Please take the time during that week to send a personal message to your state representatives to advocate for libraries!  To begin, go to Capwiz and click on the Take Action button below Maryland: Virtual Library Legislative Days.

Virtual MD Library Legislative Days – Coming soon!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Maryland Library Association (MLA) are using an online advocacy tool called Capwiz that allows libraries to disseminate information on important issues and to alert the library community when support is needed.  It only takes a few minutes to send email messages directly to your representatives. Messages sent by librarians and library supporters have already made a difference in Florida, New Jersey and Ohio. 

Each year, members of the Maryland library community participate in Maryland Library Legislative Day.  This annual event is an opportunity to advocate for libraries in Annapolis.  For those of you who cannot make it to Annapolis for the Maryland Library Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 17th, Maryland’s libraries still need you to add your voice to express the value of libraries.

This year’s live activities will be complemented by the first Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day.  On the morning of March 17th the MLA Legislative Panel disseminate information, including on this blog, about an Action Alert that will contain a link back to the MLA Capwiz site.  Members of the Maryland library community-library staff, trustees, Friends groups, customers, volunteers-are encouraged to use Capwiz to write to their state legislators between March 17th and March 24th.  Please take the time during that week to send a personal message to your state representatives to advocate for libraries!


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