Please mark your calendars — there are only SIX 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. Registration has been extended until Friday April 18, 2008.This year, the reception will be held in the Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building. The Caucus Room is the oldest and one of the largest assembly rooms built for the Senate outside the Capitol. This room has been the site of many major public hearings including: the sinking of the Titanic, the Vietnam War, the Watergate break-in, the Iran Contra Affair, and the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas.
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 (VLLD) communicates the needs of libraries to Congress and increases the impact of the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC.
Post this flier and recruit everyone you know to take part in a VIRTUAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY!
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/podcast (or download the recording after). The next webinar is April 16!
Webinar: ALA Legislative Day: What to Know Before You Participate
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
How can you best prepare for and be effective in your communications on NLLD or VLLD? How can you be sure legislators and their staff will hear your message and pay attention? What kinds of federal policy issues should you talk about? Join this webinar to find out.
Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now!
- Go to the ALA Legislative Action Center at www.capwiz.com/ala and respond to an action alert. It takes FIVE minutes!
- Take our online advocacy class!
- 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.