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Be Ready for Virtual Library Day on the Hill!

ALA Annual Conference logoThe ALA Washington Office is hosting an event at ALA’s 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim that is set to steal the spotlight of election year politics: Virtual Library Day on the Hill!

Virtual Library Day on the Hill will take place on Tuesday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. Conference attendees will have the chance to both email and fax their Members of Congress on important library issues and learn how they can register to vote, using computer terminals located on the exhibit floor. And if you’re not at Annual you can still write your Members of Congress!

We are looking for librarians and library supporters from across the country to call attention to the value of today’s libraries, as well as the issues the library community is facing. This is especially important in an election year, as many of our nation’s legislators will be looking to hear from their constituents. This is our chance to make the library voice heard!

KareemAnd what better way to make that voice even louder than to have a little star power on your side. Former Los Angeles Laker and avid library supporter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be right there with you, writing his Senators and Representative about how much he supports libraries!

The Internet Room, which is on the Exhibit Floor, will be used exclusively for this event, as will several terminals in the Internet Cafe. Also, several exhibitors with computers have volunteered those terminals for this event:

Virtual Library Day on the Hill buttonAfter writing their Members of Congress, participants will then receive a coupon for a free “Vote for Libraries” T-shirt!

During last year’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC, over 2000 librarians and library supporters descended upon Capitol Hill for Library Day on the Hill, to call attention to the value of today’s libraries as well as the issues the library community is facing.

Library Day on the Hill was by all accounts a huge success, and the sea of red T-shirts proclaiming SUPPORT LIBRARIES had a real impact on our legislators.

Virtual Library Day on the Hill is an amazing opportunity to showcase the value and importance of libraries to Members of Congress once again and let them know how important federal funding is to our nation’s libraries.

Volunteers needed!

In order to make Virtual Library Day on the Hill as big of a success as 2007’s Library Day on the Hill, we will need a few extra helping hands! People to help participants use the computers to write their Members of Congress, to answer any questions they might have, and to hand out T-shirts.

If you are available on Tuesday, July 1, between 8 a.m. and noon, and can volunteer for two hours, please send an email to Melanie Anderson.

Please specify if you volunteered last year and/or if you have used CapWiz before. Thank you!

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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