That’s right, in less than a week library advocates from all over the country will flood Washington, DC to advocate for libraries and library issues. But it’s not just the people who travel to speak to their legislators who make a difference, it is all of us. On Tuesday, May 10th and even during the entire week from May 9th–13th, YOU can make your voice heard. Join the efforts and participate in the Virtual Library Legislative Day!
All you need to do is call or write your legislators. It is the power of many voices that make library issues resonate with our elected officials. We voted them into office and we can hold them accountable for representing our interests. Legislative Day will be a bigger success with your help.
Don’t know who are your legislators? Find out here!
Don’t know the issues? ACRL National has posted its current legislative agenda for your reading pleasure, and ALA has numerous download-able issue briefs on the National Library Legislative Day web page (scroll all the way to the bottom). It is not out of order to include issue briefs in your communications with legislators.
When you write or call your legislators, make it clear that you are a constituent and that these issues are important to you. If you have a personal story that supports an issue, include it! Invite your legislators to contact you with further questions, and lastly, thank them for their time.
I’ll be attending the event in Washington, DC with the other Oregon delegates. Please add your voice to our delegation and help us spread the message to support libraries and library issues!