National Library Legislative Day

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On May 13-14, 2008, librarians and library supporters nationwide will participate in advocacy and issue training sessions, interact with Capitol Hill insiders, and visit Congressional member offices to ask Congress to pass legislation that supports libraries. NLLD is sponsored by the American Library Association, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the District of Columbia Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association.

National Library Legislative Day


Important issues that will be addressed include: funding the Government Printing Office, the Library Services & Technology Act, Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program, and the National Library Service for the Blind.

"The library community has a long-standing commitment to public access to information created by or for the federal government. This principle of the public’s “Right to Know” is the cornerstone of government accountability and informed public participation. This is why the American Library Association supports legislative efforts that promote public access to government information, open government, and E-government services." (see References: E-Government, Open Government, and FDLP Issues - May 2008)

Our own Senator Bunning (R-KY) led a movement to block the Presidential Records Act (HR 1255) that would have revoked the Presiden'ts executive order (E.O. 13233) and other restrictions on access to Presidential records.

I urge you to show your support for libraries by contacting your elected representatives in the House and Senate.

References

ALA: National Library Legislative Day 2008