Author Archives: Emily Wagner

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 This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration.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 »

#ALAWO is tracking #SaveIMLS and collecting your stories

TAGS data visualization photo of networked #SaveIMLS conversation online.

Since 11 a.m. last Thursday (and as of 5 p.m. this afternoon), there have been 3,838 tweets under the #saveIMLS hashtag on Twitter. That is over 767 tweets a day. Or, sliced another way, there are currently 1,800 people who are participating in the conversation on Twitter. Anyway you dice it, we need this momentum to continue. Right now, the ... Read More »