Washington Office News

Representatives from National Library of Uzbekistan Visit ALA Washington Office

Visitors from Uzbekistan with ALA staff.

Today, the ALA Washington Office welcomed visitors from the National Library of Uzbekistan as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This program supports international professional discourse and relationship-building by sponsoring short-term visits to the U.S. for foreign leaders. Gulrukh Iskandarova, Asadjan Khodjaev, Evgeniya Pshenichnaya and Umida Teshabaeva discussed their efforts to provide standards and best practices ... Read More »

Marijke Visser honored with 2015 ALA Staff Achievement Award

Marijke Visser

The American Library Association (ALA) recently recognized a Washington Office staffer for her successful leadership advocating on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. ALA last week awarded Marijke Visser, associate director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the 2015 Staff Achievement Award for her work to push for the Federal ... Read More »

ALA welcomes White House’s ConnectED: Library Challenge

Obama with student at Anacostia Library, April 30, 2015

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library Challenge initiative to ensure that all school students receive public library cards through their schools: We are encouraged by President Barack Obama’s announcement to ensure that all students have access to the wealth of reading materials, educational assistance and digital ... Read More »

Johnna Percell selected for 2015 ALA Google Policy Fellowship

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Johnna Percell will serve as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. As part of her summer fellowship, Percell will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Percell will explore diverse areas of information policy, including copyright law, e-book licenses and access, information ... Read More »

California library advocate receives WHCLIST Award

Strong libraries, Strong communities

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Mas’ood Cajee, a library advocate from Stockton, Calif., is the winner of the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes $300 stipend to defray the cost of attending ... Read More »