Washington Office News

7 sessions + 1 party = Washington Office at Midwinter 2017

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What do Google, Inc., the Harvard School of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health and the Lakeview (Okl.) Elementary School have in common? If you guessed “the Washington Office lineup at Midwinter 2017,” you were right! Our sessions cover topics ranging from computer science education to professional development to family engagement in libraries. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list ... Read More »

WHCLIST accepting nominations for 2017

2016 WHCLIST winner Dan A. Aldridge accepts his award from ALA Past President Sari Feldman.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 WHCLIST award, which is sponsored by the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office. Non-librarian participants of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) are eligible for a chance to have some of their travel expenses for the event covered. The winner receives a stipend of ... Read More »

The way forward – better together

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Guest post by the Chair of the Committee on Legislation, Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank. ALA’s Washington Office has, for the past 70+ years, been the voice of libraries in the nation’s capital. That voice — your voice — has had a significant positive impact on laws, policies and attitudes that deeply affect matters about which libraries and librarians care deeply ... Read More »

ALA, Rosen Publishing release new “Libraries Ready to Code” video

two boys coding at a laptop

Today, ALA and Rosen Publishing released the video “Libraries Ready to Code.” Introduced during Computer Science (CS) Education Week, the video depicts coding activities in public and school libraries and underscores how libraries can increase exposure and access to CS learning opportunities for youth. The video will be used as an advocacy tool to increase awareness of library coding activities ... Read More »

ALA joins new network advocating for technology rights and opportunity

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Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced its participation with a new coalition calling for greater rights and opportunity for all in national technology and media policymaking. The ALA joined 16 other organizations in signing onto “Technology Rights and Opportunity” principles advocating for policies that ensure freedom of speech and equality of opportunity for all, while expanding the ability of ... Read More »