Washington Office News

Now Accepting WHCLIST Nominations!

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The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the WHCLIST Award. Each year, the 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 ... Read More »

ALA welcomes Alternative Spring Break student Natalie Yee

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Next week, we welcome University of Michigan student Natalie Yee to the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, where she will learn about information-related fields as part of her university’s School of Information Alternative Spring Break program. Yee will conduct research on online resources and tools produced by the ALA Washington Office (under my guidance as the press officer). Yee ... Read More »

Boots on the ground advocacy

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I don’t think I need to overemphasize for you the important roles that libraries play in our communities. The epicenter of progress and knowledge, libraries have evolved to meet the educational and technological needs of their patrons. These institutions of learning and creation need to be protected and improved at all costs. And in the wake of the sweeping changes ... Read More »

What we’ve been up to

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If you have been following us here on District Dispatch, you probably have a pretty good idea what sort of policy and legislation we have had our attention turned to the past few months. From net neutrality to 3D printing, we do our best to keep you up to date on the happenings relevant to libraries here in the District. ... Read More »

What does the new Congress mean for libraries?

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A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, academia and the press will explore the implica­tions of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. ALA invited U.S. Senator and Democratic Majority Whip Richard Durbin to keynote the conference session. The session, titled “Whither Washington?: ... Read More »