Magazine article American Libraries

Advocates Converge at the Capitol for National Library Legislative Day

Magazine article American Libraries

Advocates Converge at the Capitol for National Library Legislative Day

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Concern over federal and state budget outs to library programs motivated Georgia State Librarian Lamar Veatch to make his 15th annual trip to Washington, D.C., for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). In fact, Veatch asserts, coming to D.C. is a big part of his commitment to librarianship. "My job is to represent libraries, and it's a part of my professional responsibilities to do this," Veatch said. "If I'm in Washington, I might make a difference."

Veatch joined more than 350 librarians and library supporters who met face-to-face with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss key library issues April 23-24 at N LLD. Sponsored by the American Library Association, NLLD is designed to afford grassroots library boosters the opportunity to advise congressional lawmakers about why it is essential to save funding needed for libraries and library services.

Those who made the trek to the nation's capital were joined April 24 by advocates participating in ALA's Virtual Library Legislative Day. Locally based participants had ready access to contact information for their elected officials through the Association's action alert gateway, and ALA encouraged advocates to phone and/ or email their state's congressional members during the entire week of April 23-27. Advocates outside the Beltway reported sending more than 300 messages to Congress that week through ALA's Capwiz interface.

While in Washington, Veatch met with representatives from various members of Congress from Georgia, including the offices of Reps. …

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