Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

ESSA passes the Senate!

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Your voices have been heard! With a vote today of 85-12, the Senate moved us one step closer to a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As we mentioned last week, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a bipartisan bill that recognizes the vital role a school library and its librarian play in a student’s education.  ... Read More »

ALA advocacy pays off as House passes ESSA!

Students work on a research project in the Kennet School Library (Wikimedia).

We did it! After ten years of advocacy, thousands of emails, hundreds of calls and scores of meetings last night the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries included! As you’ve heard here before, ESSA is the result of months of joint effort by both the House and the Senate to reach a compromise that ... Read More »

School Libraries : Why we’re excited about the new ESSA legislation!

Thomson Elementary school 4th and 5th grade students discuss with ALA President Sari Feldman how library digital learning is enhancing their learning experience, while Librarian Jeminnia States listens.

As you may have read here earlier this week, we finally have language for the bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was last updated in 2001 with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This reauthorization is long overdue and we are enthusiastic with what it contains! One of the many negatives found within ... Read More »

ALA seeks nominations for 2016 James Madison awards

James Madison Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought ... Read More »