Washington Office News

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

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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 »

Charlie Wapner to serve as Senior Research Associate

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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Wapner as a Senior Research Associate in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this role, Charlie will provide research and advice on the broad array of issues addressed by OITP, and especially as needed to advocate with the three branches of the federal government and communicate with the library ... Read More »

Registration opens for National Library Legislative Day 2017

Attendees of National Library Legislative Day 2016 in a photobooth-style shot

We are happy to announce that registration for the 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day is open. This year, the event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2, 2017, bringing hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with ... Read More »

ALA seeks nominations for 2017 James Madison awards

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 »