Author Archives: Emily Wagner

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 »

Look Back, Move Forward: Freedom of Information Day

Senator Tester for accepting the James Madison Award, given to those who have protected public access to gov information.

At the tail end of this year’s #SunshineWeek, let’s take a quick moment to #FlashbackFriday (or should we say #FOIAFriday?) to 29 years ago yesterday, when the American Library Association began celebrating Freedom of Information Day. In honor of the day this year, ALA presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana with the 2017 James Madison Award for his advocacy for public access ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: Five women who stood up for the public’s right to know.

ALA President Patricia Schuman speaking at the Rally for America's Libraries at the 1991 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo from The American Library Association Archives.

Sunshine Week—a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information—is on the horizon (pun most certainly intended). Held on March 12 through March 18, Sunshine Week occurs annually, coinciding with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. During Sunshine Week, hundreds of libraries, media organizations, civic groups, ... Read More »