This week’s post is coming in a little ahead of schedule.  Yesterday and today are National Library Legislative Day, and the entire week is Virtual Library Legislative Day.  So I think it’s important to call attention to this opportunity before the week ends.  Hundreds of librarians traveled to Washington, DC, to lobby legislators on issues that affect libraries.  The rest of us can have an impact by contacting our representatives and communicating our viewpoints on these relevant issues:

  • Early Learning — effort to recognize libraries as fundamental to early childhood education
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act — specify funding for school libraries in this reauthorization
  • Innovative Approaches to Literacy — request to continue funding these grants to underserved school libraries and nonprofits
  • Library Services and Technology Act — request to maintain this primary source of federal funding for libraries
  • Open Access — support Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013
  • Surveillance — support the modification of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (limit email surveillance)
  • Workforce Investment Act — reauthorize libraries to carry out employment, training, and literacy services
  • other issues — funding for Library of Congress and Government Printing Office; E-rate broadband access for libraries; net neutrality

The American Libraries Association has even drafted an email on its Legislative Action Center page.  How much easier could it be to participate in the democratic process?!