The 2011 National Library Legislative Day will be held on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C. I know, you think you’re too busy to even consider going to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. Maybe you don’t have the support of your administration to allow you time off. Maybe you cannot obtain funding. Maybe you don’t know how to contact your state group to get involved (if not click here for the list of state coordinators).
How about sending an advocate for you? Next year consider sending a trustee or friend. There are even funding opportunities for first-time, non librarians to attend.
How about attending virtually and advocating from your home school?
Here are some simple tips from Beth Yoke, Executive Director Young Adult Library Services Association on how you can get ready for Virtual Library Advocacy Day on May 10th:
- Watch a free webinar to build your advocacy skills: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/advocacyuniversity/onlinecourses/index.cfm
- Read up about ALA’s Virtual Library Advocacy Day at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/advocacy/virtualmarch/index.cfm
- Plan your virtual event: http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/National_Library_Legislative_Day
Those tips don’t seem complicated or overwhelming. If you have never thought about advocating for libraries, it’s time. This year, put Virtual Library Advocacy on your to-do list. Our survival may depend on your efforts. Thank you in advance because I know you are a person of your word. If you put something on your to-do list, you will do it and do it well.