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NLLD 2017 keynote announced

We are happy to announce the keynote speaker for National Library Legislative Day 2017! Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, will be joining us in Washington, D.C. on May 1, Headshot of Hina Shamsi2017. The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. According to the ACLU website, Shamsi has:

litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities.

Her work includes a focus on the intersection of national security and counter-terrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. She previously worked as a staff attorney in the ACLU National Security Project and was the acting director of Human Rights First’s Law & Security Program. She also served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
You can find her on Twitter @HinaShamsi and on the ACLU blog.
In addition to a review of current legislation and issue briefs, provided by ALA Washington staff, we will also be joined by the team from The Campaign Workshop for an hour of advocacy training. Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, and Jennifer Manley, Managing Director of Prime Strategies NYC, will also be leading at 30 minutes breakout session called “The Political Dance.” Other afternoon sessions will be announced as the schedule is finalized.

If you are interested in library advocacy and are unfamiliar with National Library Legislative Day, you can find out more by visiting our website, or reading previous articles about the event. Online registration will remain open till April and registrations are accepted at the door.

Attendees at National Library Legislative Day 2016 in the reception photobooth
Photo Credit: Adam Mason

For folks looking for funding, check out the WHCLIST award, which is still accepting submissions until April 2nd. You can also check out, which offers librarians the chance to fund-raise for Professional Development events, collection development projects, and other library needs.

Unable to join us in D.C. in May? Register to participate virtually – in May, we’ll send you a list of talking points, background information, and other resources, so that you can call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress about legislative issues that are important to you and your patrons. We’ll also send you a link to our webcast, so you can watch our keynote speaker and the issue briefs live!

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