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Library Dean Goes to Washington

Posted by isulib on June 15, 2016

National Library Legislative Day 2016/Honorable representation of Robin Crumrin

On May 3rd, I had the honor of “hitting the Hill” with over 400 library representatives from across the country. It is a personally gratifying and humbling experience to represent Indiana Libraries and be their voice.  The library advocates (from all types of libraries) spoke with legislators and their staff about four key asks:

  • CONFIRM Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress
  • SUPPORT LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Funding
  • PASS Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform
  • RATIFY the Marrakesh Treaty for the print-disabled ASAP

If you’re interested in more information you can check out the issues briefs for 2016.

– Robin Crumrin, Dean

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The Indiana Librarian Delegation for National Library Legislative Day 2016

Tara White, Robin Crumrin, Leslie Preddy, Gigi Shook, Terry Rheinheimer

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Indiana librarians advocate for library funding at National Library Legislative Day

Posted by isulib on June 2, 2015

Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director) and Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian) met with members of Congress from May 4–5, 2015, to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. The Indiana library VoteForLibraries-2015-NLLDadvocates joined several hundred librarians and library supporters to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) jumpstarted the event by discussing the importance of constituent advocacy at an opening briefing. Additional speakers included ALA President Courtney Young; John Carlo Bertot, co-director of the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC); and Patrice McDermott, director of Openthegovernment.org.

During legislative meetings, supporters discussed the need to level-fund the Library Services and Technology Act, continue funding for the school library initiative Innovative Approaches to Literacy and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings connected virtually with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

“National Library Legislative Day advocates are true ‘nation builders,’ and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country’s builders, innovators and dreamers,” said Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.

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Picture above features, left to right: Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian), Devin Benavidez, Sen. Joe Donnelly’s Legislative aide, Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, ISU), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director).

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