If you could not attend National Library Legislative Day in person, ALA provided ample opportunity to participate virtually.
The ALA Washington Office Twitter feed (@ala_wo) is an informative resource year-round, but their tweet-by-tweet coverage of the day was an excellent way to track the action. Many advocating librarians took the time to Tweet their activities in between meetings using the #NLLD hashtag. It was truly heartening to see so many librarians on the frontlines.
‘ Those who could not meet their legislators in person still had (and have)’ the opportunity to communicate their concerns. YALSA’s Tweet Your Senator Map is a quick and easy way for those with a Twitter account to connect with their senators regarding library issues. The Map saw a lot of use over the days. The Legislative Action Center‘ is an excellent clearinghouse for understanding legislation impacting libraries and how to communicate with legislators. Though the official day has passed, advocating for libraries is a year-round endeavor.
‘ If you are considering attending next year’s Library Legislative Day from May 6-7, check out‘ this informative piece on NLLD in American Libraries Magazine to get a clearer picture of the experience. ‘ And take a minute to browse the ALA Washington Office flickr account to see the action for yourself and hopefully get pumped to advocate.