While there are important issues’  affecting libraries on a federal level, what is of most importance to many library workers is what is affecting them at a local level. Local advocacy is just as vital as working on a national level. The ALA’s Legislative Action Center has a number of state issues listed on their site here: http://capwiz.com/ala/issues/‘ Your state library office or association also should be able to make you aware of what is going on locally.

District Days are coming up fast August 8th through September 5th. This is a great way to meet those national representatives in their office. But even if you miss District Days, your local officials should be available most’ times of the year.’ Local officials should be easier to contact than their national counterparts. Remember: advocacy starts in your neighborhood.

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