Organized Advocacy Events

Advocacy Events Webpage from ALA. Follow this page to stay current on various national and state advocacy-related events throughout the year.

National Library Legislative Day - Held annually in May, this event, held by the American Library Association, brings librarians, patrons, trustees, educators, and parents to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues and champion national library funding. Also, during this two-day event, advocates gain valuable advocacy training and hear briefings of current national issues.

Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) - This event is the virtual component to National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). Special activities are held each May during the work week surrounding NLLD. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials. Each year, ALA's NLLD site provides talking points to include when writing or calling legislators; a webinar on how to participate; links to find your elected officials; and other resources.

State library association events. Check in with your local library association. In many states, local libraries are funded in whole or in part by state library associations. Many of them run their own advocacy efforts. For instance, the California Library Association develops a legislative agenda, monitors state legislation, takes positions on issues, and keeps members informed through its website, Facebook, and Twitter.