Dear Representative

National Library Legislative Day 2016NOTE: This past webinar has now been archived. Access to the recording can be purchased; please see How to Register below for more details.

National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to champion national library funding. National Library Legislative Day also includes a virtual advocacy component for library supporters who cannot attend the Washington meetings—advocates have the option to work remotely to connect with legislators via phone calls, text messages, emails and social media platforms.

But like a lot of people, you may find roadblocks in your road to the White House.

  • Can you afford the time and money to travel to DC?  
  • What does virtual advocacy look like?  
  • Do you know who represents you in Congress?
  • Have you ever contacted a politician before?
  • How do you communicate and encourage participation with library staff, advocates, and your community?
  • Does your voice even matter?

In addition to National Library Legislative Day on May 2-3, there are state bills that get presented and passed, often without anyone being the wiser. Hopefully by seeing examples of legislation that affects libraries, education, privacy, and access to information you will see what to look for in your own state. 

Navigating government offices and officials can be complicated and incredibly overwhelming. But it is important. Speakers, Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist of the Office of Government Relations and Deborah Caldwell Stone, Deputy Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom will make the process easy and accessible. 

This webinar is in partnership with the Office for Library Advocacy, Chapter Relations Office, and United for Libraries

This archived webinar was originally presented April 22, 2016

Running time: 51 minutes


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of advocacy and clear impact of your time and energy.
  • Familiarize yourself with the different support agencies available 
  • Receive practical guidance
  • Observe the frequency of state legislation and the language that is often repeated


Who Should Attend

  • Librarians Administration: directors, systems
  • Legal Counsel for libraries and governing bodies
  • Library Boards
  • Library consultants and educators
  • Library advocates and friends
  • State Library Associations and Intellectual Freedom Committee members


Lisa Lindle

Lisa Lindle is the Grassroots Communications Specialist for the American Library Association. She coordinates National Library Legislative Day and manages the ALA Washington Office's social media communications capabilities.

Picture of Debra Caldwell-Stone

Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, where she works on initiatives defending the First Amendment freedom to read. An attorney by training, she now works closely with librarians, teachers, and library trustees on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues, including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and the USA PATRIOT Act on library privacy and confidentiality. She has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and speaks frequently to library groups around the country.  Before she joined ALA in 2000, Deborah practiced appellate law before the state and federal courts in Chicago, Illinois. 




  • ALA member: $20
  • Nonmember: $25
  • Group: $120*
  • Library System or Multiple Groups/Locations: Contact Kristin*

*For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as 6 or more people gathering in one room at one location to watch the webinar. We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, use a LCD/LED projector and speakers capable of amplifying the audio when viewing the webinar.

Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute this webinar. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

To access the recording of this webinar using a major credit card, please click here. Look for the title of the webinar, "Dear Representative" in the alphabetical list. 

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For registration and content questions, please contact Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at or 312-280-4221.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5.