Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

School libraries can’t afford to wait

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Today, we are ending a very busy week of work to include school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As we move forward on this very important legislative effort to secure federal funding for school libraries, we are asking library advocates, teachers, parents and students to ask their Senators to become co-sponsors of ... Read More »

Registration opens for the 16th annual Natl. Freedom of Information Day Conference

Richard Clarke, former national security official gives his acceptance speech while colleague, Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard University and Maureen Sullivan look on

Registration is now open for the 16th annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Day Conference, which will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The annual FOI Day Conference is hosted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in cooperation with OpenTheGovernment.org and the American Library Association (ALA). The event brings together access advocates, ... Read More »

Education and school library legislation is heating up

Tell Sen. Lamar Alexander to include school library program in ESEA reauthorization.

It’s record cold in D.C., but we’re busy meeting with Senate staffers trying to promote school libraries. Both U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) have committed to passing a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ... Read More »

Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library bill

Children reading in a library.

Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312). Key improvements to the program include expanding professional development to include digital literacy, reading and writing instruction across all grade levels; focusing on coordination and shared planning time between teachers and librarians; and ensuring that books and materials are ... Read More »

Apply for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency Program

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the official open call for applications for the 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency, to be held in the Washington, D.C. area. Applications will close on January 30, 2015. To apply, go to the official USAJobs application website. For the 2015–16 class, five residents will be ... Read More »