National Library Legislative Day 2009

Ann M Watson, Ohio University – Lancaster

The 2009 National Library Legislative Day is quickly approaching and will be held on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.  With a new administration and a new political climate in both the House and the Senate, this is a very critical and exciting time for us to get our message out to Congress.

The Monday, May 11th Briefing Day will again be at the Liaison hotel where the American Library Association has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel. The reservations always go quickly and you’ll want to be at the center of the action! Be sure to register early!

Registration dues are $20, and are due to your state coordinator by April 15th, 2009.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please consider applying for ALAO’s Legislative Travel Award (Award amount $600.00 for travel, lodging, food).

As a member of the official Ohio delegation, the winner of this award, along with the ALAO Government Relations Liaison, will meet with the members of the Ohio delegation and attend a briefing by the ALA Washington Office staff, as well as join other Ohio librarians in appointments with legislators and staff members.

To apply: send a letter of interest and include in your letter a brief description of your advocacy activity and issue involvement through ALAO or other civic organizations. Include also the name and phone number of a reference who is familiar with your advocacy efforts and interest. Those interested in getting more involved in advocacy efforts are urged to apply, as no prior advocacy experience is required.

The deadline for applying is March 13, 2009.  The winner will be named in plenty of time to make travel plans.
Please send your application information to the ALAO Government Relations Team at or contact

Ann M Watson
Library Director
Ohio University – Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, Oh 43130-1097
Phone: 740-654-6711 X236

This entry was posted in Vol. 26 no. 4 (Dec. 2008) and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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