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Interested in Natl. Library Legislative Day? Here’s what you need to know

North Suburban Library System trustee and staff view Capitol.
North Suburban Library System trustee and staff view Capitol.

If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.

National Library Legislative Day, which is hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), will be held May 4-5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Now in its 41st year, National Library Legislative Day focuses on the most pressing issues, including the need to fund the Library Services and Technology Act, support legislation that gives people who use libraries access to federally-funded scholarly journal articles and continued funding that provides school libraries with vital materials.

National Library Legislative Day Coordinators from each U.S. state arrange all advocacy meetings with legislators, communicate with the ALA Washington Office and serve as the contact person for state delegations. The ALA Washington Office will host a special training session on Sunday (May 3rd) afternoon for first-timers. On the first day of the event, participants will receive training and issue briefings to prepare them for meetings with their members of Congress.

Advocate from Home

Advocates who cannot travel to Washington for National Library Legislative Day can still make a difference and speak up for libraries. As an alternative, the American Library Association sponsors Virtual Library Legislative Day, which takes place on May 5, 2015. To participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day, register now for American Library Association policy action alerts.

For the next month, the ALA Washington Office will share National Library Legislative Day resources on the District Dispatch. Keep up with the conversation by using the hashtag #nlld15.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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