New York’s Libraries Information Network <NYLINE@LISTSERV.NYSED.GOV>; on behalf of; Robert Hubsher <rhubsher@RCLS.ORG>

Good morning all,

As the New York State National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Coordinator I want to urge you to join the New York State delegation traveling to Washington DC for the 2016 NLLD. The event will be held on May 2, 2016 at the Liaison Hotel and May 3 when we will be meeting with our Senators and Representatives. There is also a training session for first time NLLD delegates to be held on May 1 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the ALA Washington Office headquarters (1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW).

NLLD brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with previous years, participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issue briefings prior to their meetings. The Washington Office is still working on the legislative issue briefings. I will send out a link to the briefings as soon as they are available.

Participants at National Library Legislative Day are able to take advantage of a discounted room rate by booking at the Liaison (for the nights of May 1st and 2nd). To register for the event and find hotel registration information, please visit http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld.

For those who find the cost of staying at the Liaison Hotel too high here is a link to hotels that are either in Washington DC or in nearby Virginia with ready access to the Metro which comes into Union Station, not far from the Liaison Hotel or the legislative office buildings:
http://www.yourdchotels.com/washington-dc-area-map.aspx

Want to see a little more? Check out the video from last year!

The ALA Washington Office and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) offer a scholarship opportunity to a non-librarian participant at National Library Legislative Day. Recipients of the WHCLIST Award receive a stipend of $300 and two free nights at a D.C. hotel. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2016. For more information about the WHCLIST Award, visit http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld/funding.

Your firsthand library experience – as a librarian or as a patron – is an invaluable part of helping legislators to understand the impact that libraries have in the day to day lives of their constituents. I hope you will consider joining us!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Robert Hubsher
Executive Director
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)
619 Route 17M Middletown, NY, 10940-4395
Telephone: 845-243-3747 extension 242
Fax: 845-243-3739
mailto:rhubsher@rcls.org
http://www.rcls.org