From the Legislative Committee . . .
Each year the Pennsylvania Library Association leads a delegation of librarians to Washington DC in May for National Library Legislative Day. This advocacy work is crucial for securing funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program which funds important activities in Pennsylvania such as IDS, POWERLibrary and grants, which fund important statewide initiatives and to provide venture funding for libraries to innovate new services and add new technology.
This year the American Library Association Committee on Legislation decided not to have National Library Legislative Day since the annual conference would be in Washington DC from June 20 to June 25. The committee hoped to create an activity to have in conjunction with the conference, very similar to what the Pennsylvania Library Association did last year while in Harrisburg. However, after much thought, the committee decided not to have a 2019 Legislative event and will pick back up with a National Library Legislative Day in May 2020.
If you are going to Washington for the ALA conference and would like to schedule a visit with your congressional offices on either Monday, June 24, or Tuesday, June 25, in the very late afternoon, we will help to coordinate that visit. To help set up that visit, please reply to one of us, and we will work to coordinate the delegation, schedule the meeting, and get information to you to present to your legislator.
Lesher Library and Education Consulting
Library System of Lancaster County
Altoona Public Library