Library Advocacy

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Rep. Grijalva at the press conference.

A crowd gathered this week outside the El Pueblo Library in South Tucson where Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D) and other library advocates to discuss the possible effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts — including the elimination of the IMLS —on libraries in Arizona and nationwide. A statement by ALA Julie Todaro was read at the event, in which the ... Read More »

How to participate in #NLLD17 from home

Attendees at National Library Legislative Day 2016 in the reception photobooth

As library supporters from across the United States prepare to go to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Library Legislative Day, don’t forget that you can participate from home! All week long (May 1-5th), we’re asking library supporters to email, call, and tweet their Members of Congress about federal library funding and other key library issues. Register now, and you will ... Read More »

Reintroducing the ALA Washington Office Newsline

Four front pages of the print Washington Office newsletters, dating back to 1947.

There are many public resources about upcoming hearings, current legislation, news alerts, how to help, who to call… the information never stops. … the information never stops. That’s why—in honor of National Library Week—we are announcing the reintroduction of the ALA Washington Office Newsline, a twice-weekly “vertical file” and email briefing, which we hope will help to make sense of ... Read More »

Panels announced for National Library Legislative Day 2017

Librarians hold up signs supporting libraries at National Library Legislative Day photobooth

There are just 20 days until National Library Legislative Day, and the speaker lineup is our best yet! You’ve likely already heard that Hina Shamshi from the ACLU will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Now check out some of the other panels we have planned: The Political Dance Jennifer Manley Managing Director, Prime Strategies NYC Christian Zabriskie, Executive ... Read More »

Congress is in recess, make it count

US Capitol from NW

National Library Week is the perfect time to make sure that your congressional representative in the House and both U.S. senators know you want them to fight for full federal library funding for fiscal year 2018. They are now home for two full weeks for their spring recess, so you have ample opportunity to make that point loudly, clearly and ... Read More »