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Registration for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is now open.

For information about the schedule of events click here.

With the changes in the Administration, many of the legislative issues are still unknown, however, based on President Trump’s Executive Budget released earlier this week, we know that he has eliminated funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the only federal funding for America’s libraries and is critical to New York State. Funding from IMLS supports the NOVELny program, which makes databases available to all New Yorkers. In addition, IMLS funding supports the operation of the Division of Library Development (DLD).

There is also an indication that the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai intends to end support for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

Appointments with Senators for the NY delegation will be scheduled, but delegates are responsible to make appointments with their Congressional members directly.

NOTE: If you are from the CLRC region and plan to attend NLLD, please contact Anna Dobkowski. CLRC will schedule your appointments with Congressman Katko and Congresswomen Stefanik and Tenney.

NLLD is an opportunity to learn more about the Administration and its policy concerns related to support for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), intellectual freedom, privacy, copyright, net neutrality and many other issues that are important to librarians, library users and the general public.

Here is a link to nearby hotels.