May 1-2, 2017
Liaison Hotel, Washington D.C.
Online registration is now open for National Library Legislative Day!
Library supporters are encouraged to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries by registering for the American Library Association’s 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day, an advocacy event that will be held May 1-2, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
Hotels in the Washington, D.C. Area
To make reservations at the Liaison Hotel:
The Liaison Hotel on the Hill is where National Library Legislative Day participants can receive a special ALA rate. If the Liaison Hotel is booked, a good online source for alternate accommodations is HotelGuide Washington, D.C. - Metropolitan Networks' HotelGuide for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at http://washington.dc.hotelguide.net.
Photo Credit: Adam Mason
Join the New York Delegation!
This two-day advocacy event brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for policies for all types of libraries. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issue briefings prior to their meetings.
What should a delegate expect?
How should delegates prepare?
The Representatives’ web pages are similar in terms of their layout, with tabs that include “about” biographical and District information; “services” available from their local constituency offices; “newsroom” with links to articles, press releases, etc.; “legislation” including Bills sponsored, voting record and committee memberships; “issues” which provides background resources for issues that are of interest to the Representative.
All of this information is very valuable in better understand your Representative and help you to tell your library’s story in a manner that will be of most effective. For example, if your Representative is interested in health care issues, perhaps you can emphasize the wellness sessions your library offers or highlight the consumer health information available at your library.
The WO hosts a Briefing on Monday (legislator visit is on Tuesday) which is very useful in that it provides the delegates with up to the minute information about the status of legislation we will be addressing and talking points we can use.
Is there a list of the Representatives the delegation will be meeting and a schedule for the NYS delegates to review in advance?
Who leads the discussions at the meetings for the NYS delegation?
The entire delegation usually visits our Senators. Meetings with Representatives are usually attended by those who live within the constituency; although occasionally one or more delegates may be free to join the meeting to provide support.
How can the delegates support the discussion effectively?
Do you have NY bullet points ready?
Who follows up with the legislators after the visits?
What is the expected protocol?