#NLLD17 roundup

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome over 530 librarians to Washington, D.C. for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2017. With representatives from every state, and over 1,000 additional library supporters who committed to join in the advocacy efforts from home, the energy this year was higher than ever.

In the wake of the President’s budget proposal, which included the elimination of IMLS and most federal library

The VA delegation speaks with a staffer at Rep. Bobby Scott's office during #NLLD17

The VA delegation speaks with a staffer at Rep. Bobby Scott’s office. Photo credit: Andrew Propp

funding, the stakes were also high. After hearing a fantastic keynote, delivered by Hina Shamsi of the ACLU, attendees were provided with an appropriations update by Washington Office staff. You can catch both the archived keynote and the issue briefing on YouTube, and find out how you can get involved library advocacy by visiting Fight for Libraries.

 

This year, advocacy training was provided by the team from the Campaign Workshop. They discussed research, gave advice for telling your story to legislators, and provides plenty of tips of conducting a successful meeting with Members of Congress. The slides from the presentation are available here.

Want to hear more? Check out these articles about the event:

You can also catch up on all the social media coverage of #NLLD17 on Storify!

Looking ahead to next year? National Library Legislative Day 2018 will be held on May 7-8th. But don’t wait till 2018 to get involved with library advocacy – head to Fight for Libraries for more information or head straight to the Action Center for talking points and pre-written scripts.

About Lisa Lindle

Lisa Lindle is the Grassroots Communications Specialist for the American Library Association. She coordinates National Library Legislative Day and manages the ALA Washington Office's social media communications capabilities.

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