Monday, May 5, 2014

National Library Legislative Day: May 5-6

Libraries matter: use videos to advocate for libraries District Dispatch: 4.24.2014 by Jazzy Write

Today, the American Library Association’s Washington Office launched “Libraries Matter,” a series of videos showcasing the ways libraries use federal funding to support early literacy, high-speed internet access, small business owners and new citizens. Library supporters can use the videos to demonstrate the value of federal funding programs, such as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), to legislators, decision makers and community leaders.

This May, National Library Legislative Day participants can use the “Libraries Matter” videos to educate policymakers about the countless ways that libraries impact their communities. Library champions are encouraged to send the videos to policymakers before or after their scheduled meetings advocacy meetings (i.e., in a “thank you” note). Access the full video playlist.

Share the videos on social media using the #LibrariesMatter hashtag.

National Library Legislative Day, a two-day event where advocates will discuss key library issues with their members of Congress (from May 5–6, 2014).

National Library Legislative Day [ #nlld14 ] advocates will discuss 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 continue funding that provides school libraries with needed funds for materials. Additionally, advocates will ask legislators to restore reasonable expectations of privacy by supporting the USA FREEDOM Act.

Senator Angus King (I-ME) will jumpstart the event by addressing library advocates at the opening briefing, which takes place from 9:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C.

Other confirmed speakers include:
Shawn Daugherty, assistant director of SPARC
Peter Jaszi, professor of law, American University Washington College of Law
Gabriel Rottman, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union
John Windhausen, Telepoly Consulting

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