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National Library Legislative Day 2018: National Library Legislative Day

   

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“It is very exciting to see how Nevada’s libraries, at the local and state levels, and in universities, are partnering with schools and industry to invent the future of the state. The world of work is changing rapidly, and these partnerships offer the best chance for Nevada’s youth and adults for success and for communities to thrive.”

Milton Chen, PhD, senior fellow, George Lucas Educational Foundation on Director Cates’s vision for the proposed Knowledge and Innovation Center

National Library Legislative Day 2018

National Library Legislative Day, sponsored by American Library Association, is the most important networking and advocacy event for libraries. Held annually in Washington, DC, it gives members of the nation's library community an opportunity to represent the interests of their patrons and present their many success stories.

Among the dozens of topics vital to library success, there are three main points that the library delegation will focus on advocating:

  • Reauthorize and fund the LSTA at $186.6 million for FY 2018 and FY 2019. Funds flow through the IMLS directly to states per a population‐based formula with a state match. States determine for themselves the best use of funds, which support such services as database access, computer instruction, summer reading, collection digitization, access to e‐books and adaptive technology, and bookmobiles among many others.

  • Maintain level funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program at $27 million for FY 2018 and FY 2019. IAL is the primary source of funding for school literacy programs. Funding allows school libraries to modernize, purchase up‐to‐date books, promote family engagement in early literacy, and provide e‐books and other adaptive technology for millions of the nation’s students and underserved communities across the country.

  • Oppose the FY2018 budget proposals to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LSTA, IAL, Title IV Part A, and other vital library programs. If implemented, the proposed cuts would decimate or preclude programs that support student literacy, job training, business expansion, entrepreneurship, veterans ‘assistance, high‐speed internet access, and millions of library patrons in communities everywhere. In addition to advocating for LSTA and IAL funds, the Washington Office communicates to Congress about the importance of funding federal libraries, like the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine. We also lobby for increases for adult education and literacy and look for opportunities for libraries of all kinds to become involved in education programs like those for early childhood education.

2018 Nevada NLLD attendees

State coordinator: Jeff Kintop, Nevada State Library & Archives (retired)

Delegates: Joan Dalusung, Washoe County Library System; Sena Loyd, Carson City Library; Danielle Milam, Las Vegas Clark County Library District (LVCCLD); Felipe Ortiz, LVCCLD; and Ydoleena Yturralde, LVCCLD

Informal advocate: Katherine DeRosear, Nevada Career Explorer powered by Headed2

Members of Nevada's delegation to NLLD with their senator: Danielle Milam, Ydoleena Yturralde, Joan Dalusung, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Jeff Kintop (state coordinator), Sena Loyd, and Felipe Ortiz.

Danielle Milam, Sena Loyd, Jeff Kintop, Joan Dalusung, Ydoleena Yturralde, and Felipe Ortiz in front of the Capitol in Washington DC.

Nevada attendees to NLLD with Katherine DeRosear (far right), informal advocate for Headed2 job software

With Congressman Mark Amodei (second from left)

With Congresswoman Dina Titus (center)

For more information on LSTA, click here.

Note: Letters were the same for all representatives. Below is a sample.

For more information on Nevada Knowledge & Innovation Center, click here.

Note: Letters were the same for all representatives. Below is a sample.