I’ve always been bummed that Depository Library Council meeting and conference usually doesn’t take place during the annual library legislative day. But now we can all take part despite being thousands of miles away from Washington DC. We urge all our readers to take Part in Virtual Library Legislative Day. Email or call your representatives and senators and let them know how important libraries are to education, community life and civil rights across the US. I’m especially pleased that ALA Washington Office’s email template refers to continuing funding for the Govt Printing Office and to privacy/surveillance and other civil rights issues in which libraries are leading the way to support.
I would add, besides open access, the need for copyright reform and the need for govt publications and data to be in the public domain AND include a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license and kill S.2206, the “Let Me Google That For You” Act and more fully fund NTIS, OSTI and other agencies critical to the President’s open access/open government initiatives. Congress needs to do all its power to maintain and expand the public domain!
When you contact your representatives, please feel free to add any other library issues for which you’re concerned. Thanks for taking the time to let your representatives know that libraries are an important part of society’s fabric.
On May 6, hundreds of Library supporters will take to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators to discuss issues that impact libraries. Even if you can’t be in Washington, DC this week you can still speak up for libraries by taking part in Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD).
The issues library advocates will be discussing are:
- Early Learning (pdf)
- ESEA (pdf)
- IAL (pdf)
- Key Issues (pdf)
- LSTA (pdf)
- Open Access (pdf)
- Surveillance (pdf) (see updated press release)
- WIA (pdf)
You can take part in VLLD by calling your elected officals or by sending them an email.