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2022 Library Legislative Week

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Registration is now open for the 2022 WA Library Legislative Week, January 24-28, sponsored by WLA! We look forward to seeing you online.

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This free, annual event is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and understand legislative priorities, as well as to meet with state legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them.


Appointments with Legislators

As Legislative Week draws near, familiarize yourself with your district representatives and check out tips for effective advocacy below, presented by Leah Griffin!

As soon as possible after registering in January, it is important to contact any district representatives with whom you would like to meet during Library Legislative Week (Monday 1/24-Friday 1/28). You will receive guidance on how best to approach those meetings. If you need to verify your representatives, visit the State District Finder, which will direct you to the email addresses for your district’s State Representatives and Senators.

Here is a sample meeting request:

Dear Representative <name>,

I am <name> with <organization>. I will be attending Washington Library Legislative Week online, January 24-28, and would like to request a virtual meeting with you to discuss some library-related concerns (or library issues within my district; or the importance of libraries; etc). I can be available to meet any time that week after 11:30 a.m. What time would work for you?

Sincerely, <name>


Schedule

Please note, events and times are subject to change.

Monday, January 24
9:45 am Social Time
10:00 am Welcome & Introductions
Ahniwa Ferrari, 2022 WLA Board President
10:10 am

State Library Legislative Update
Sara Jones, Washington State Librarian

10:30 am Issue Briefs & Priorities
Carolyn Logue, WLA Legislative Lobbyist & Consultant
Abby Moore, Public Libraries of Washington Lobbyist
11:00 am Zoom Photo
All Day

Individual Appointments with Legislators, Online

Tuesday, January 25
1:00–
1:30 pm
Library Capital Improvement Grants Q&A

Susan Hempstead, Assistant Director of Strategic Relations, Sno-Isle Libraries
Sen. June Robinson (D), 38th Legislative District
Rep. Mike Steele (R), 12th Legislative District

Wednesday, January 26
2:00–
3:30 pm

Intellectual Freedom Panel
Rickey Barnett (Moderator), Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries
Sara Jones, Washington State Librarian
Ryan Grant, Teacher-Librarian, Medical Lake School District
Kit DeForge, Teen Services Librarian, Pierce County Library System
Lorena O'English, Social Sciences & Government Information Librarian, Washington State University

Thursday, January 27
1:00–
1:30 pm
Digital Equity Q&A with Rep. Gregerson

John Sheller, Government Relations Manager, King County Library System
Rep. Mia Gregerson (D), 33rd Legislative District

Friday, January 28
3:30–
4:30 pm
Library School Support Roundtable

Elizabeth Roberts, Teacher-Librarian, Bellevue School District
Ryan Grant, Teacher-Librarian, Medical Lake School District
Lesley James, Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program Supervisor, Educational Technology, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Carolyn Logue, WLA Legislative Lobbyist & Consultant

 

Advocacy Orientation

Learn how to track and search for library-related bills, give effective testimony, and advocate for libraries at WA Library Legislative Day. Presented by Leah Griffin, Teacher Librarian at University Prep.