Virtual library lobbying ready to reverberate in Washington

Do you hear an echo? That’s the sound of thousands of library advocates speaking up all over the country. Starting today, May 2nd,  almost 400 librarians converge in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). They’ve come from all over the nation to tell Members of Congress and their staffs what librarians’ legislative priorities are, but they need library supporters everywhere to help amplify the messages they’ll be delivering in person by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD).

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Photo by mikael altemark

This week, while hundreds of librarians and library supporters are hitting the Hill, visit ALA’s Legislative Action Center to back them up. You’ll find everything you’ll need to call, email and/or tweet at your Representative and Senators.

The more messages Congressional offices get about ALA’s top 2016 Legislative Day Priorities all this week (May 3-6), the better!

Ask them to:

  • CONFIRM Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress #Hayden4LOC
  • SUPPORT LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Funding
  • PASS Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform
  • RATIFY the Marrakesh Treaty for the print-disabled ASAP

For more background information about these issues, take a look at the one-page issue briefs that NLLD participants will receive when they get to Washington and that they’ll be sharing with Congressional offices.

On Monday May 2, tune in to the first-ever live stream of the NLLD program and issue briefings that NLLD participants will experience (or catch the recording by visiting the ALA YouTube Channel).

This year, ALA has also partnered with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) – a group of incredible, library-loving young people who’ve already made a huge impact with their advocacy work worldwide. So far, their members have pledged over 500 calls, emails or tweets to Congress for VLLD 2016. Let’s show those wizard punks how it’s really done and send 1,000 messages to Congress of our own!

Together, we can make the Capitol echo all this week with the voices and messages of library advocates in Washington and online.

Join us for Virtual Library Legislative Day 2016! (And don’t forget to follow along on social media #nlld16.)

About Adam Eisgrau

Adam Eisgrau is a former managing director of the Office of Government Relations.

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