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Author: Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is the press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Contact her at shines[at]alawash[dot]org.

Advocating for libraries: Tips for talking to legislators

The FY 2019 federal budget proposal will be released in the coming weeks: what’s your strategy to help #FundLibraries? Year-round advocate and Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin offers valuable tips for effectively engaging your members of Congress.    Few legislators will go on record saying they don’t like libraries, so enlisting legislative support should be…

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Bridging the Spectrum symposium at CUA/LIS highlights public policy directions in Washington

On Friday, February 2, The Catholic University of America (CUA) Library and Information Sciences Department will host its Tenth Annual Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science (LIS). A one-day event, Bridging the Spectrum provides attendees with a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place…

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Tax season is here: How libraries can help communities prepare

This blog post, written by Lori Baux of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, is one in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just…

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Improving Digital Equity: The civil rights priority libraries and school technology leaders share

This blog post, written by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CEO Keith Krueger, is first in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just a…

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Announcing the ALA 2018 MidWinter Washington Office lineup

If you are interested in enhancing your library’s technology* program or in telling your library story to impact federal policies and funding, the Washington Office has a terrific lineup for you at the ALA 2018 MidWinter Meeting and Exhibits. Featured speakers come from StoryCorps, Google, the National Center for Women…

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