Please mark your calendars — there are only eight weeks remaining until National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). It’s May 13 and 14, 2008!Each year, hundreds of library supporters come to Washington to talk with their Members of Congress about the needs of their libraries. NLLD is a two-day event featuring advocacy and issue training sessions, talks from Capitol Hill insiders, and a visit to Congressional Member offices on Capitol Hill.
To find out how you can get involved in National Library Legislative Day visit: www.ala.org/nlld
Can’t Come to Washington? Organize a Virtual Library Legislative Day!
You can still participate in NLLD by organizing library supporters in your state to phone, fax, and email Congress on May 13 and 14. Virtual Library Legislative Day communicates the needs of libraries to Congress and increases the impact of the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC.
For more information about how to organize a Virtual Library Legislative Day in your state, please visit the ALA Washington Office website.
Keep Up on the Current Issues
Following are some things you can do to be an effective grassroots advocate – if we can help you implement any of these ideas, let us know!
- Before NLLD, participate in one of our webinars (or download the recording after): April 16th: Preparing for Leg Day: Whether In DC or At Home, You too can be an Effective Advocate.
- Goto our Legislative Action Center at www.capwiz.com/ala and respond to an action alert. It takes FIVE minutes!
- Take our online advocacy class!
- If you haven’t already, join the Federal Library Legislative and Advocacy Network (FLLAN). More information at www.ala.org/fllan.
- Sign up to receive notices from the District Dispatch!
- Join us after NLLD for more webinars on topics ranging from Building Long Term Relationships with Elected Officials to Creating Local Advocacy Campaigns to Arranging Library Tours and Visits.
- Identify opportunities for your library to get involved in the elections; from President to your local city council, there will likely be some changes. Wouldn’t it be great to have library-friendly folks in office? Get started by encouraging friends, trustees and board members to register to vote at www.rockthevote.org.
- Check out the resources and materials at ALA’s own Advocacy Institute.