Washington Office News

Full STEAM ahead: Creating Tomorrowland today

Rocket image. Photo by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

STEAM programming (which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) is fast becoming a core service in libraries across the country. From intermixing STEAM activities into family story hour to teen maker spaces and coding camps, public and school libraries provide engaging opportunities for kids of all ages to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. ... Read More »

Successful National Library Legislative Day concludes

Group photo of Nation Library Legislative Day attendees

This week, the ALA Washington Office kicked off the 42nd National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington, DC, with a little help from over 400 library supporters. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker and former Member of Congress Rush Holt, and also heard from a number of expert speakers. Panels included an issue briefing with Washington Office ... Read More »

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch Spark

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them. The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22, will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while librarians ... Read More »

Virtual library lobbying ready to reverberate in Washington

Backlit megaphone

Do you hear an echo? That’s the sound of thousands of library advocates speaking up all over the country. Starting today, May 2nd,  almost 400 librarians converge in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). They’ve come from all over the nation to tell Members of Congress and their staffs what librarians’ legislative priorities are, but they need library ... Read More »

ALA selects Nick Gross as Google Policy Fellow

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Nick Gross will serve as its 2016 Google Policy Fellow. As part of his summer fellowship, Gross will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Gross will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, e-book licenses and access, ... Read More »