United for Libraries to host National Library Legislative Day webinar for members

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/25/2020


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries



EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “National Library Legislative Day: How Friends, Trustees, and Foundations Can Get Involved,” on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Emily Wagner, Deputy Director of Advocacy Communications, ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office, will discuss what we can we expect in 2020 for library policy and funding. Hear about the latest library advocacy issues as the country heads to the polls for a momentously important election. Learn about National Library Legislative Day, a two-day educational event where attendees learn from policy experts and raise awareness among federal legislators about how and why libraries are vital to communities across America. Deborah Doyle, chair of the United for Libraries Legislative Committee will give tips for advocates, and share her experiences meeting with legislators and advocating for libraries.

The live session and its recording are free for United for Libraries members (including Statewide Group Members). To register, United for Libraries members should login to the members-only zones: www.ala.org/united/trusteezone, www.ala.org/united/friendszone, or www.ala.org/united/states for Statewide Group Members (those in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas). Members can also receive a registration link by emailing united@ala.org.

Deborah Doyle, MLIS, is chair of the United for Libraries Legislative Committee, She currently serves as vice chair of the Sonoma County (Calif.) Public Library Commission and president of California Public Library Advocates.

Emily Wagner, Deputy Director of Advocacy Communications, directs communications supporting ALA’s advocacy and policy work, including creation, strategy, and management of web and digital content. Before joining ALA in 2017, Emily worked at Catholic University and The Pew Charitable Trusts. She earned a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

United for Libraries Monthly Member Forums Members are invited to a monthly forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. All sessions will be recorded and posted in the members-only zones of the United for Libraries website. Each month’s session will cover a hot topic of interest to Trustees, Friends and/or Foundations. A guest speaker will share highlights and information about the month's topic, followed by a Q&A with the speaker. At the half-hour mark, the format will switch to an open discussion among webinar participants. Sessions are open to all personal and group members of United for Libraries.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.