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Join librarians and library friends from across the state for a day of advocating for Tennessee libraries! Registration is now open! Click on the orange "Register" button below to register.

 Export to Your Calendar 3/10/2020
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30 AM
Where: United States
Contact: Lindsey Kimery

Online registration is available until: 3/10/2020
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Tentative Schedule:

7:30AM-9:00AM: Librarians & Lawmakers Breakfast, Cordell Hull Building, room 8D
9:00AM-9:30AM: Briefing, Cordell Hull Building, room 8D
9:40am - Photo with Governor Lee
9:30AM-11:30AM: Legislative appointments
11:30AM- 1:00PM: Lunch Session, Nashville Public Library
1:00PM: Legislative appointments

The Legislative Library, located across from room 8D in Cordell Hull, will be open to TNLLD attendees to visit throughout the day. Legislative librarian Eddie Weeks invites you to stop by for a tour or to browse.

Here's how you can prepare for TN Library Legislative Day and everyday library advocacy:

  1. Get to know your legislators:
  2. Know the issues.
    • Stay up to date through ALA, TLA, and TASL on issues important to our libraries.
    • Metro Libraries Materials Funding
      • Secretary of State Tre Hargett has requested $3,000,000 in recurring funds to support the purchase of library materials in the four metropolitan cities. This funding would be part of the Secretary of State‚Äôs budget, administered through the State Library & Archives.
      • The metro libraries serve millions with programs focused on providing support for early childhood literacy, disadvantaged populations, STEM education, and lifelong learning for adults. All of these programs rely on a solid collection of current, carefully selected books and resources in other media to back them.
      • The state provides $2.40 per capita to assist libraries in the 91 non-metro counties, but only $0.13 for metropolitan libraries. This funding would allow the state to support rural and metro libraries at the same level.
    • State Coordinator of School Libraries in the Tennessee Department of Education
      • School libraries are the information hubs of their learning communities and are committed to supporting the TNDOE strategic plan of graduating lifelong learners who are prepared for the challenges of our global information society.
      • A statewide school library coordinator is the missing link between the Department of Education and effective school libraries in every Tennessee school.
      • 36 states have a State Coordinator
      • Read a letter from ALA President Wanda Brown and AASL President Mary Keeling to Commissioner Schwinn
  3. Tell your library's story.
    • What stories from your library do you have to share that help legislators connect with and understand your ask?
  4. Schedule an appointment with your legislator. Our appointments windows will be 9:30AM-11:30AM and after 1:00PM.
  5. Invite them to your library while they are not in session.

Volunteer at TNLLD2020!

Questions about TNLLD?  Contact Lindsey Kimery:


TNLLD2020 Committee:

Lindsey Kimery, Chair, TASL

Lis Ann Morehart-Co-Chair, TLA

Susan Earl, NLLD

Sharon Edwards, Legislative Monitor

Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public Library

Dwight Hunter, TNPTA

Julia Huskey, TSU

Susie Ries, Friends of the Library

Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian & Archivist

Andrea Zielke, TEL Administrator


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