Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

Progress for School Libraries!

Yello school bus

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (aka “HELP Committee”) met to mark-up (debate, amend and vote on) the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The American Library Association (ALA) sought amendments to require that every student ... Read More »

Free webinar: Bringing fresh groceries to your library

Food basket

On March 25, 2015, the American Library Association’s Washington Office and the University of Maryland’s iPAC will host the free webinar “Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket: Grocery Delivery to Your Library or Community Site.” During the webinar, library leaders will discuss Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket Program, an innovative partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Baltimore City Health Department and ShopRite. Through ... Read More »

Free webinar: Expanding immigrant access through libraries

Hartford Public Library

Library services to immigrants are extensive and include world language collections, multicultural programming, ESL, citizenship, computer classes, and information brokering. Learn how your library can better support immigrants in “We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community,” a free webinar hosted by e-government service Lib2gov from the American Library Association’s Washington Office and University of Maryland’s iPAC. This ... Read More »

Free webinar: Library partnerships

Alachua County Library District

Library e-government resource Lib2gov today announced “A Library Partnership = Neighborhood Resource Center,” a free webinar that will explore library community partnerships: This webinar highlights the Library Partnership of the Alachua County Library District (ACLD), which is a collaboration with the Partnership for Strong Families and over 30 other service providers expanding the traditional library role in its community. By sharing ... Read More »

FOIA is heating up!

Photo by Craig Kohtz via Flickr

On Monday of this week, legislators introduced two bipartisan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) bills in both the U.S. House (H.R. 653) and the U.S. Senate (S.337). Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced H.R. 653, with Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) cosponsoring. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Action in the Senate ... Read More »