[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Now's the time to stand up for libraries

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Fri Apr 11 11:11:52 PDT 2014


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Now's the time to stand up for libraries
To: "alacro-l at ala.org" <alacro-l at ala.org>

Good afternoon!

*Now's the time to stand up for libraries*

With all that's happened in Washington in the past year--threats to
federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to
open access<http://www.districtdispatch.org/2013/11/oppose-bill-language-hamper-public-access/>and
the government
is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate
the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged
citizenry, register now for this year's National Library Legislative
Day<http://www.ala.org/nlld>(NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where
hundreds of library supporters,
leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for
library funding.

National Library Legislative Day, which is hosted by the American Library
Association (ALA), will be held May 5-6, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Now in
its 40th year, National Library Legislative Day focuses on the need to fund
the Library Services and Technology Act, support legislation that gives
people who use libraries access to federally-funded scholarly journal
articles and continue funding that provides school libraries with vital

As part of the event, participants will receive training and briefings to
prepare them for meetings with their members of Congress. Participants who
register for National Library Legislative Day will connect with their
state's coordinator, who then arranges the meetings with legislators,
communicates with the ALA Washington Office and serves as the contact
person for the state delegation.

*Advocate from Home*

Advocates who cannot travel to Washington for National Library Legislative
Day can still make a difference and speak up for libraries. As an
alternative, the American Library Association sponsors Virtual Library
Legislative Day, which takes place on May 6, 2014. To participate in
Virtual Library Legislative Day, register now for American Library
Association policy action alerts <http://capwiz.com/ala/mlm/signup/>.

For the next month, the ALA Washington will share National Library
Legislative Day resources on the District Dispatch. Keep up with the
conversation by using the hashtag

Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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