Registration Now Open for National Library Legislative Day 2013

For nearly four decades, library advocates from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and from all corners of the country have gathered annually in Washington, D.C., for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The event (or, more accurately, series of events) has grown apace – particularly in recent years, with budget and personnel cuts looming large in many states. As it stands now, it is not an overstatement to call National Library Legislative Day the linchpin of the library advocacy calendar.

Last year, over 400 participants made the trek to receive a customized training in lobbying from industry professionals and to meet with their state’s representatives in Congress to talk over concerns and opportunities pertaining to libraries.

Many of the skills and experiences thus acquired can be applied upon returning home, in contexts ranging from routine city council meetings to statewide efforts (like Minnesota Library Legislative Day.)

If any of the above this sounds relevant to your work and interests, mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 7 and review registration details now! Registration just opened, and will remain so through Friday, April 26.


Still on the fence? The American Library Association has just released a tentative itinerary. It runs as follows.

Pre-Conference, May 6, 3-5 p.m, ALA Washington Office

Pre-Conference is a training session geared toward first time NLLD attendees. Held at the ALA Washington Office (1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW), this training is led by advocacy consultant Stephanie Vance and ALA staff. Attendees will learn what to expect during a meetings on Capitol Hill, communication strategies, what staffers like/don’t like to hear and much more.

Briefing Day, May 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Liaison Hotel

Briefing Day features numerous sessions on the hot issues affecting libraries in Congress. Expect to hear from Congressional staff, legal experts, lobbyists, ALA staff and others on current issues. We’ll get you prepared for your meetings with legislators and their staff on May 8. 

Congressional Reception, May 7, 5 p.m., Capitol Hill

NLLD participants are encouraged to head to Capitol Hill (only a few blocks away) after Briefing Day sessions for a reception with Members of Congress and their staff. We’ll provide snacks and drinks and honor libraries and library supporters. 

Capitol Hill Visits, May 8, All Day

Your state coordinator** will arrange meetings with legislators throughout the day on May 8. There will be no official events. Check with your state coordinator close to May 7 for a specific schedule.


*Minnesota’s coordinator for 2013 is Bob Boese, President of Cambridge Books. You can reach him best with your questions at 612-390-4959 or cabooks@sherbtel.net.