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National Library Legislative Day 2012 – Wrap up of the 38th annual event

Over 350 library advocates, including about 40 people from Maryland, visited Washington, DC on April 23rd and 24th for National Library Legislative Day. Advocates learned about key federal legislation with impact on libraries and visited with members of Congress and their aides to discuss these issues. Library supporters who could not come to Capitol Hill were encouraged to participate in the Virtual Library Legislative Day, which resulted in over 300 messages sent to legislators, plus phone calls and contacts via social media.

Key issues included asking for support for full funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and full funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a source of dedicated funding for low-income school libraries, as well as bills to work toward filling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests more quickly and providing free access to taxpayer-funded research. Maryland’s legislators and aides overall expressed great support of libraries and recognized their value. Our efforts served to grow the connection with Maryland’s members of Congress and will serve to assist with advocacy efforts throughout the year.

Library advocates who visited Senator Mikulski’s aide are pictured below. Additional photos from this event (including a few advocates from Maryland!) appear on the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day web site.

Many thanks to all who participated in this important federal advocacy event—both in person and virtually!

 Mikulski delegation

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.

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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