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When my congressman visited me (or, How National Library Legislative Day came back home)

This guest post is contributed by Jami Trenam, Associate Director of Collection Development at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and past chair of the Minnesota Library Association’s Legislative Committee. As a first-year National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) coordinator for Minnesota, I was equally thrilled and anxious to…

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Advocating for libraries: Tips for talking to legislators

The FY 2019 federal budget proposal will be released in the coming weeks: what’s your strategy to help #FundLibraries? Year-round advocate and Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin offers valuable tips for effectively engaging your members of Congress.    Few legislators will go on record saying they don’t like libraries, so enlisting legislative support should be…

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Dr. Renate Chancellor talks with staff about library luminaries

Yesterday the Washington Office welcomed Associate Professor Renate Chancellor of The Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science for a breakfast discussion on the history of library advocacy and activism. Her presentation spanned the decades, from the work of E.J. Josey to the legacies left and continued…

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One library’s creative advocacy campaign to #SaveIMLS

In light of the threatened cuts to IMLS and federal library funding this year, we have seen an outpouring a support and an increase in advocacy efforts by librarian across the country. Over 42,000 emails were sent to the House and Senate during the Fight for Libraries! campaign alone! But…

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