Author Archives: Jazzy Wright

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch Spark

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them. The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22, will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while librarians ... Read More »

ALA selects Nick Gross as Google Policy Fellow

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Nick Gross will serve as its 2016 Google Policy Fellow. As part of his summer fellowship, Gross will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Gross will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, e-book licenses and access, ... Read More »

Big thanks to our unforgettable library heroes

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

We were blown away this year by the sheer number of applications we received for this year’s nominations for the WHCLIST Award, an honor that recognizes a non-librarian participant attending the 2016 National Library Legislative Day. The award covers hotel fees in addition to a $300 stipend to reduce the cost of attending the event.  The White House Conferences on ... Read More »

Libraries: Apply now for 2016 IMLS National Medals

National Medal awarded to Pierce County Library System.

The application period is now open for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor. Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015. Read more from IMLS: All types of nonprofit ... Read More »

Who should be the next Librarian of Congress?

Library of Congress

In the past few months, there has been considerable discussion among Washington information and technology leaders about who should lead the Library of Congress, now that James Billington has announced his retirement. Today, in an op-ed published today in Roll Call, Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy, asks leaders to re-imagine the future of ... Read More »