Hundreds Gather in D.C. for 39th Annual National Library Legislative Day

This week, hundreds of library supporters met in D.C. to speak with their legislators about the importance of libraries.

From May 7—8, 2013, more than 350 librarians, patrons, trustees, educators and parents met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 39th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for national libraries.

Advocates discussed the need to protect federal library funding and support access to federally-funded scholarly journal articles, among other issues.

As part of this week’s activities, library advocate Mary Ann Bretzlauf received the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce Award for her commitment to supporting national libraries. Additionally, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) received the United for Libraries’ 2013 Public Service Award for his public support of libraries.

“The advocates who came to Washington are true ‘nation builders’ that help citizens reach their potential,” said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s Washington office.

Now that the annual advocacy day has ended, National Library Legislative Day participants are encouraged to use the following media template to notify local media outlets about their advocacy work:

– Download the local media release template (.docx or .doc)

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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