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Please Participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day Today or Tomorrow

The American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable (ALA GODORT) wants YOU to participate in this year’s virtual National Library Legislative day. Here are details from GODORT chair Bill Sleeman:

May 13th and 14th is National Library Legislative day and GODORT is participating as an organization. This is a first for us and is the first time that an ALA unit has attempted to coordinate all of its members to participate. It is made easier this year by ALA’s effort to offer a virtual participation option.

We need your participation, libraries need you.

To take part will only require a bit of your time – GODORT has done much of the initial work for you. The Government Documents Round Table’s Legislation Committee has created four handouts that address legislative issues of concern to our community. These include:

1. S. 2321: E-Government Reauthorization Act of 2007
2. H.R. 1255; S. 886: Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007
3. Senate Resolution 401: A resolution to provide Internet access to certain Congressional Research Service publications
4. Government Printing Office 2009 Budget Request
5. National Agriculture Library funding

We are asking you to please visit the GODORT Legislation committee Wiki at download the talking points and background materials, and to please on either Tuesday, May 13th or on Wednesday, May 14th contact your legislators and let them know how these services will affect your ability to serve their constituents.

The future of America is @ your library. We must ensure that in the future the American public has access to government information in libraries by assuring sustained funding and support. Millions of people pass through the library each year, but without adequate support, these resources may not be there when you need them. Everyone loves libraries.

But libraries cannot live on love alone.

Please participate if you can.

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