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Bridging the Spectrum symposium at CUA/LIS highlights public policy directions in Washington

On Friday, February 2, The Catholic University of America (CUA) Library and Information Sciences Department will host its Tenth Annual Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science (LIS). A one-day event, Bridging the Spectrum provides attendees with a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place…

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UPDATE: 50 Senators support CRA to restore Net Neutrality

Senate legislation to restore 2015’s strong, enforceable net neutrality rules now has the bipartisan support from 50 of 100 senators and would be assured of passage if just one more Republican backs the effort. The bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), which would…

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Tax season is here: How libraries can help communities prepare

This blog post, written by Lori Baux of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, is one in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just…

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ALA to Congress in 2018: Continue to #FundLibraries

2017 was an extraordinary year for America’s libraries. When faced with serious threats to federal library funding, ALA members and library advocates rallied in unprecedented numbers to voice their support for libraries at strategic points throughout the year*. Tens of thousands of phone calls and emails to Congress were registered…

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2018 WHCLIST award accepting nominations

Those interesting in participating in National Library Legislative Day 2018 take note – nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 WHCLIST award. The award, sponsored by the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office, is open to non-librarian, first time participants…

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