Author Archives: Emily Wagner

ALA hosts librarians from Kazakhstan

librarians from DC and Kazakhstan standing on the steps in front of ALA's office

For the second time in my first five months on staff with ALA Washington, we welcomed an international delegation of librarians. Alan Inouye, Shawnda Hines, our summer Google Fellow Alisa Holahan and I were delighted to spend an hour of our morning with a group from the Republic of Kazakhstan, including: Ms. Darikha Dyussibayeva, Director of the Scientific Library at Kostanai ... Read More »

Reintroducing the ALA Washington Office Newsline

Four front pages of the print Washington Office newsletters, dating back to 1947.

There are many public resources about upcoming hearings, current legislation, news alerts, how to help, who to call… the information never stops. … the information never stops. That’s why—in honor of National Library Week—we are announcing the reintroduction of the ALA Washington Office Newsline, a twice-weekly “vertical file” and email briefing, which we hope will help to make sense of ... Read More »

How libraries can respond to the repeal of the FCC privacy rules

Silhouette of a woman looking out a small window with her face pressed up against the glass.

This blog is cross-posted from the Intellectual Freedom Blog, written by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration. The new rules would have required ISPs to adopt fair information ... Read More »

We’re only as good as our members are engaged

This week at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference, academic librarians and information professionals convened around the emerging issues challenging higher education, due to federal funding cuts and new regulations. On Thursday morning, ALA and ACRL jointly hosted a Postcards to Lawmakers town hall, during which member leaders Emily Drabinski, coordinator of library instruction at Long ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: Library Services and Technology Act

1995 Resolution on Library Services and Technology Act reauthorization

Thank you to everyone for sharing your #SaveIMLS stories. Please keep it coming – more than 7,700 tweets (nearly doubling our count since last Thursday). As we prepare for the appropriations process, here’s a look back on how ALA Council resolved to support the Library Services and Technology Act in June 1995. As we move forward into the “Dear Appropriator Letters” ... Read More »