For months, you’ve heard us talking about National Library Legislative Day 2015. Maybe you’ve made the decision to join us (hooray!) or perhaps you are planning to cheer us on from home. If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C., in person this year, please join us for Virtual Library Legislative Day 2015, led by United for Libraries and ALA’s Offices of Chapter Relations, Library Advocacy, and Government Relations.
All week long (May 4-8), we’re asking library supporters to contact their legislators electronically and by phone about key library issues. Your personal, real world library experience is the key to helping legislators understand how the policies and legislation they are working on can impact library patrons – you know, the people who vote for them!
This year, we’re asking Congress to:
APPROPS: Fund LSTA at $186.6 million and IAL at $25 million in FY 2016.
PRIVACY: Pass real PATRIOT Act reform, and pass ECPA to bring the 4th Amendment fully online.
INFO ACCESS: Pass FASTR to make taxpayer-funded research broadly available to everyone.
SCHOOL LIBS: Support Senator Reed’s “school libraries” amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act.
Participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day is easy. Here’s how:
To call your Members of Congress, go to the VLLD alert at the Legislative Action Center (LAC). After reading the issue briefs, head back to the LAC homepage and enter your information into the “Find your Officials” box.
To email your legislators, see our alert page and edit the brief message we’ve already started for you.
Visit the event page to find out more about Virtual Library Legislative Day.
You can join the VLLD conversation on social media through the event tag – #nlld15
National Library Legislative Day began in 1976. In 2003, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. began a virtual component to engage Friends of the Library groups, library advocates and supporters around the country who could not travel to Washington, D.C. for the main event. Now in its 13th consecutive year, the virtual campaign, now coordinated by United for Libraries, continues to support the efforts of those who attend this important day in Washington, D.C. and meet with their elected officials in person.
Thanks for your participation!
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