An Urgent Message From ALA’S Washington Office

IMLS Again in Congressional Crosshairs for Total Elimination:
National Library Legislative Day Attendance More Critical than Ever!

For the second year in a row, the House of Representatives has proposed eliminating – not trimming, merging, auditing or studying – but entirely getting rid of all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and, with it, every program that IMLS administers, including LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act)!

As the phrase goes, “We Need You” now more than ever to join the ranks of our intrepid National Library Legislative Day landing force to storm the beaches of Congress (nicely and politely, of course). We need you to tell your Senators and Congressperson (more likely their staffs), face-to-face, that libraries are worth orders of magnitude more than every penny spent on them by the federal government, and that libraries care about a host of other issues, from ending intrusive government surveillance to preserving net neutrality to fighting for open access to government-funded information – just to name a few!

Please, sign up today to join us in Washington on May 4th and 5th for a full day of issue briefings and another full day of “hitting the Hill” to deliver libraries’ messages to Congress in person.  If you’re new to the process, please also join us on Sunday May 3rd for an afternoon session of everything-you-need-to-know-about-Leg-Day for “newbies” like you.

It’s easy.  It’s fun.  And it’s IMPORTANT – this year more than ever.  Register for NLLD today and be sure to book now for a special Capitol Hill hotel room rate; it won’t last!

 For more information or assistance of any kind, please contact Lisa Lindle, ALA Washington’s Grassroots Communications Specialist, at or 202-403-8222. 


DLA Members and Friends:
If you are interested in attending National Library Legislative Day,
please email “events” ( to register with our Delaware group.


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