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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‚Äď5, 2015, to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.

‚ÄúNational Library Legislative Day advocates are true ‚Äėnation builders,‚Äô and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country‚Äôs builders, innovators and dreamers,‚ÄĚ 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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