Author Archives: Emily Wagner

Washington Office’s fall interns summarize their experiences

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This fall, we had two interns from the University of Maryland’s School of Information. Andrew Staton, a genealogist and soon-to-be archivist, and Rosalind Seidel, a soon-to-be a rare books and special collections librarian. We benefited greatly from all of their work to preserve the history of the Washington Office, and look forward to welcoming more interns in the spring semester. ... Read More »

Creating the NLLD special collection

This is a guest post from Rosalind Seidel, our fall Special Collections Intern joining us from the University of Maryland (UMD). Rosie has one semester left in her MLIS program at UMD, and hopes to become a rare books and special collections librarian. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Medieval ... Read More »

ALA files comments to Department of Homeland Security

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Today, ALA filed comments to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Privacy Office expressing our concerns about the Department’s plans to monitor and collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States. By way of background, DHS published a new rule under the Privacy Act of 1974 in the Federal Register in late September, detailing how it intends to expand ... Read More »

Dr. Renate Chancellor talks with staff about library luminaries

Yesterday the Washington Office welcomed Associate Professor Renate Chancellor of The Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science for a breakfast discussion on the history of library advocacy and activism. Her presentation spanned the decades, from the work of E.J. Josey to the legacies left and continued by Augusta Baker and Sandy Berman. Dr. Chancellor led a ... Read More »

Happy 72nd birthday to the Washington Office

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In 1945, the ALA announced the establishment of the Washington Office. It began operation 72 years ago today on October 1. The Washington Office was charged with educating and working with legislators and public officials to obtain funding and policies that benefit libraries and public access to information. In addition, the Washington Office was—and continues to be—responsible for making official ... Read More »