Washington Office News

WHCLIST accepting nominations

United State Capitol at Night

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the WHCLIST Award. This award is granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison hotel. WHCLIST has been an effective force in ... Read More »

ALA’s Charlie Wapner promoted

Charlie Wapner, senior policy analyst, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Will serve as senior information policy analyst in Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Please join me in congratulating Charlie Wapner on his promotion from Information Policy Analyst to Senior Information Policy Analyst effective in January 2016. Many of you know Charlie through his leadership on 3D printing. He completed a major report, “Progress in the Making: 3D Printing Policy ... Read More »

ALA’s Washington Office serves up holiday spirit

So Others Might Eat will distibute holiday shoebox gifts that ALA Washington Office donated for needy families.

Libraries have a tradition of serving their communities, so our Washington Office staff—spearheaded by Office of Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) Carrie Russell—chose to serve our Washington, D.C. community by donating holiday shoebox gifts to homeless families through a wonderful organization called So Others Might Eat (SOME). The holiday shoebox drive takes place each year, but this is the first year ... Read More »

New report highlights library 3D printing leadership for policymakers

3D printer in action

  As many District Dispatch readers know, libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs. Today, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy released (OITP) ... 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 »