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ALA’s Committee on Legislation releases toolkit to guide librarians with E-Government services

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410 

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2010 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation (COL) announces the release of the E-Government Toolkit, created by the committee to assist librarians with addressing the growing public demand for assistance with online government services. 

According to ALA research, 61 percent of libraries report providing access to government information is one of the most critical Internet services they provide. As government agencies at the local, state, and federal level continue to shift the availability of services directly to the public by putting them online, new opportunities as well as challenges emerge for the nation’s libraries. 

“COL established a goal to produce this toolkit with tips and other information to guide librarians in planning, managing, funding and promoting E-Government services,” said Jessica McGilvray, assistant director of the ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR), who serves as ALA staff liaison to COL’s E-Government Subcommittee. 

“We are excited to contribute this tool to libraries, and we hope that it will be a go-to source librarians can count on when addressing this growing trend.” 

McGilvray said the Washington Office’s E-Gov program flyer during Annual Conference in Washington is a great opportunity to learn more about this issue. The session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 26, in Convention Center, Room 204 B/C. 

The panel discussion will feature the following speakers: Nancy Fredricks, a Pasco County Florida Librarian; John Bertot with the University of Maryland; Richard Huffine with the U.S. Geological Survey; and Michelle Chronister representing the U.S. General Services Administration.

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