Author Archives: Emily Wagner

Message from Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code Book Cover

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code, has taught computing skills to and inspired more than 10,000 girls across America. At the opening general session of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference this past June, Reshma spoke about Girls Who Code, how they are working to teach 100,000 girls to code by the end ... Read More »

ALA celebrates 10 years of Google Policy Fellows

Last Friday, we said goodbye to our 2017 Google Policy Fellow Alisa Holahan. The week before her departure, she and OITP hosted a lunch and discussion for this year’s cohort of Google Policy Fellows. Similar to the six Policy Fellows lunches we have hosted in the past (in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011), the gathering was an opportunity ... Read More »

Voting now open! Bring ALA to SxSW

For a third year, ALA is planning for Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. As in years past, we need your help to bring our programs to the SXSW stage. Public voting counts for 30 percent of SXSW’s decision to pick a panel, so please join us in voting for these two ALA programs. YALSA Past President Linda Braun ... Read More »

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 »