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the librarians, trustees and architects at #ALAAC18 NOLA, conference 23 June, who attended our program: 'Achieve the Library Design You Need. Communicate Effectively with Your Library Building Design Professionals'. Thanks too to the conference organizers and audio-visual staff for a seamless experience. If you have questions when you receive our protected PDF with NOTES on the conference website, please contact us.

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#NLLD18 | 7 & 8 May Washington DC - Library Advovates Be there! #AmericaNeedsLibraries #FundLibraries #in #fb @goRCLS @NYLA_1890 @ALALibrary

 New York Delegates are moving in on Washington DC for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) #NLLD18, this Monday, May 7 for their briefings in preparation for visits to their legislators on Tuesday 8 May.
Over 500 delegates from all over the country, representing every State will be in Washington DC meeting legislators. The New York delegation is 25 strong, from every region of the State representing every type of library.
You can help with our advocacy efforts by contacting our Senators and the Representative(s) from your district using ALA's Legislative Action Center. Please take the time to let our legislators know how important libraries are to your communities. You can register to join our advocacy efforts.
from @ALALibrary tweet

Information about issues we will be advocating for are available in two briefing documents - Appropriation Brief and the Broadband Brief.

Here is access to the documents that delegates will be leaving behind with our legislators - the Congressional Federal Funding and the Broadband white papers. (these open in SmarterMail for ease of download)
Please make an effort to contact our legislators!Here is the link again: National Library Legislative Day

Advocacy really DOES makes a difference! Here's the link to the ALA Page.

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National Library Legislative Day. Step up, be seen & heard. Sharpen your Avocacy Skills. #NLLD18 @ALALib @GOrcls #fb #in

Get your Library Advocacy ON!

Join us in Washington DC at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Tell your legislators what you really think.


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National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. every year.

Day 1: Training:

Attendees spend one day learning effective advocacy techniques and learning about key library issues, like funding or net neutrality, and have the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.

Day 2: Doing

Then ... Armed with talking points, attendees spend day two with their state delegations, meeting with elected officials and telling them about the importance of libraries in their communities.


Q.:Who goes to Washington for National Library Legislative Day?

A.: Everyone who cares about library funding.

This event is open to the public and anyone who wants to support libraries is welcome to attend. Whether you've been advocating for two days or twenty years, you have something important to contribute. But sign up soon - we have a limited amount of space each year and it fills up quickly!


Visit the event page to register online. Registration this year is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, entry into a reception held on Capitol Hill, and a folder full of briefing materials, talking points, and information.

To learn more about the event, check out our FAQ page or reach out to Lisa Lindle at if you have any questions!


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President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding @ALALibrary

This is straight out of the press release from District Dispatch, @ALALibrary Blog:

2017Wash_NLLDBannerScrnGrb"This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how deeply overall federal library funding is impacted is unclear at this point. The Washington Office is working closely with our contacts in the federal government to gather detailed information. We will provide the analysis of the total impact when it is complete and as quickly as possible.

One thing we all know for certain: Real people will be impacted if these budget proposals are carried through.

While we are deeply concerned about the president’s budget proposal, it is not a done deal. As I said in a statement issued this morning,

'The American Library Association will mobilize its members, congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a congressional reality.'

There are several actions we can take right now:

  1. Call your Members of Congress  – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center.)
  2. Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
  3. Sign up to receive our action alerts – we will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
  4. Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.

Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, please take the time to subscribe to action alerts and District Dispatch to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.

The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress."

Thank you ALA for all you do.

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How do you plan to support libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day May 1 &2 ?@ALALibrary

2017Wash_NLLD KeyNotesCan't make it to Washington to support your library?

No problem.

Click here:Virtual Library Legislative Day Form

... to fill out this: 2017Wash_NLLD

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New York State #NLLD17 Coordinator @GOrcls: Register now for Washington May1&2 @ALALibrary

2017-03_NLLDWshtnStand up New Yorkers! National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is fast approaching and we have work to do. Our voices count.

NLLD is an opportunity for us to learn more about the Administration and its policy related to support for the Library Services and Technology Act ( LSTA), intellectual freedom, privacy, copyright, net neutrality and many other issues that are important to librarians, library users and the general public.

Registration for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is open.You can find out more about NLLD by clicking here. For information about the schedule of events click here.

NLLD Briefings take place at The Liaison, you can register here. Here is a link to hotels that are either in Washington DC or in nearby Virginia with ready access to the Metro which comes into Union Station, not far from The Liaison and the legislative office buildings.

As a result of the changes in the Administration, many of the legislative issues are still unknown, however, based on President Trump's Executive Budget, released earlier this week, we know that he has eliminated funding for the IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is the only federal funding for America's libraries and is critical to New York State. Funding from IMLS  supports the NOVELny program, which makes databases available to all New Yorkers. In addition, IMLS funding supports the operation of the Division of Library Development (DLD). We also have indications that the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai intends to end support for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

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