PHILADELPHIA — On May 4-5, 2015, hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to discuss them.
If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still advocate for libraries by calling or emailing Congress as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) on May 5, or anytime from May 4 to 8. Library supporters can let their legislators know just how important our nation’s libraries are to the communities they serve.
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 the alert page and edit the brief message that’s already been started for you.
United for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, ALA’s Chapter Relations Office, the ALA Office for Library Advocacy are leading Virtual Library Legislative Day, an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Talking points, links, and more resources are available at www.ala.org/united/advocacy/virtuallegday.
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.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.