Author Archives: Jazzy Wright

Marijke Visser honored with 2015 ALA Staff Achievement Award

Marijke Visser

The American Library Association (ALA) recently recognized a Washington Office staffer for her successful leadership advocating on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. ALA last week awarded Marijke Visser, associate director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the 2015 Staff Achievement Award for her work to push for the Federal ... Read More »

ALA welcomes White House’s ConnectED: Library Challenge

Obama with student at Anacostia Library, April 30, 2015

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library Challenge initiative to ensure that all school students receive public library cards through their schools: We are encouraged by President Barack Obama’s announcement to ensure that all students have access to the wealth of reading materials, educational assistance and digital ... Read More »

ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

Linda Lord Testifying at July 2013 Hearing

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will take place on April 29, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358C. During ... Read More »

Johnna Percell selected for 2015 ALA Google Policy Fellowship

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Johnna Percell will serve as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. As part of her summer fellowship, Percell will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Percell will explore diverse areas of information policy, including copyright law, e-book licenses and access, information ... Read More »

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real ... Read More »