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
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:
- Librarians Take Capitol Hill – Publishers Weekly
- Advocacy in Critical Times – American Libraries
- The Interconnectivity of Library Advocacy – YALSA
- NLLD17: The Message, Ask, and Takeaways – Knowledge Quest
- State librarian meeting with Idaho congressional delegation, with Idaho’s fed $ for libraries at risk. – ID Spokesman Review
- Jeanes librarian headed to National Library Legislative Day. – PA Colonial
- Washington State Librarian urges Congress to support library funding. – WA Reporter
- The Internet and Libraries: Improving Infrastructure for Economic Opportunity. – Morning Consult
- Montana Goes to Washington. – American Libraries
- Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding. – Library Journal
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.