With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.
National Library Legislative Day, which is hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), will be held May 5-6, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Now in its 40th year, National Library Legislative Day focuses on the need to fund the Library Services and Technology Act, support legislation that gives people who use libraries access to federally-funded scholarly journal articles and continue funding that provides school libraries with vital materials.
As part of the event, participants will receive training and briefings to prepare them for meetings with their members of Congress. Participants who register for National Library Legislative Day will connect with their state’s coordinator, who then arranges the meetings with legislators, communicates with the ALA Washington Office and serves as the contact person for the state delegation.
Advocate from Home
Advocates who cannot travel to Washington for National Library Legislative Day can still make a difference and speak up for libraries. As an alternative, the American Library Association sponsors Virtual Library Legislative Day, which takes place on May 6, 2014. To participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day, register now for American Library Association policy action alerts.
For the next month, the ALA Washington will share National Library Legislative Day resources on the District Dispatch. Keep up with the conversation by using the hashtag #nlld14.