Stand Up for Libraries on ALA Virtual Legislative Day

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Library Legislative Day

If you value your library and are concerned about preserving the services it offers, you have a chance this week to make your voice heard by your legislators.

ALA Virtual Legislative Day, which allows library advocates to contact Congress from home, is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs.

Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on May 10 – or any time the week of May 9-13.

You can make a difference!  Just five minutes of your time will help support and strengthen the efforts of the library supporters in Washington rallying on May 10.

Please RSVP to Virtual Library Legislative Day on Facebook and share the event on your Facebook friends.

Not sure who your elected officials are? Go to the Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/ala/home/

If you have never used it before, check out the video tutorial at http://vimeo.com/10379244.

Please contact your elected officials today with the following requests:

  • Fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $232 million, the level last authorized in December 2010;
  • Preserve the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program with its own budget line and appropriate the program at its FY2010 level of $19.1 million;
  • Maintain funding for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistical Compendia Branch at $2.9 million in order to preserve publication of “Statistical Abstracts” and other publications;
  • Fund the Salaries and Expenses work of the Government Printing Office (GPO) at $42,173,000 to preserve public access through the FDLP and FedSYS.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (School Libraries):

  • Support student performance by including an effective school library program as part of ESEA through the LEARN Act to include:
  • A school library staffed by a state-certified school librarian;
  • A school library with up-to-date books, materials, equipment, and technology, including broadband connectivity; and
  • Instruction by librarians for students and staff on digital and computer literacy skills, including collaboration between classroom teachers and school librarians to develop and implement the curriculum and other school reforms.

While these issues are the most urgent at this time, there are many other critical pieces of legislation impacting libraries.  Read the full list of key issues (PDF) that will be discussed at National Library Legislative Day.