Contact your representatives during the 45th annual National Library Legislative Day in 2020!
Participate in National Library Legislative Week—May 4 through May 8—from Home
While our in-person NLLD 2020 was canceled, ALA is hosting a week's worth of advocacy training and activities for library advocates of all kinds. Typically, NLLD has a registration cost and specialized trainings, like the Congressional Management Foundation webinar, are available to ALA members only. During this critical moment, we are opening access to everyone. Our vision is that library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from each other, to train virtually, and to continue creating connections and relationships with decision makers at every level of government.
This is an unsettling time, but here's the truth: advocacy is more important now than ever before. This week of training aims to prepare us to take the leap forward, to expand our skillsets, and to pioneer new forms of digital outreach.
Knowing we are all balancing screen time with multiple responsibilities at home, the week is a "design your own path" program based on your preference and availability. Tune in every day between May 4 and May 8 for live afternoon sessions and complete advocacy actions when you can. All trainings are free and recordings will be available on our website through May 31. Visit ala.org/advocacy/nlld to register for live daily sessions with ALA and participate.
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. The virtual campaign 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 ALA Washington Office, ALA's Chapter Relations Office, and the ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office lead this effort.
National Library Legislative Day Resources
- Register for the National Library Legislative Day webinar
- Check out this infographic about the path to federal funding and where ALA advocates can act along the way.
- Sign up to be an ALA Advocate
- Visit ALA's Legislative Action Center
- View a video tutorial on advocating for libraries online
- National Library Legislative Day: Frequently asked questions