Washington Office News

How to participate in #NLLD17 from home

Attendees at National Library Legislative Day 2016 in the reception photobooth

As library supporters from across the United States prepare to go to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Library Legislative Day, don’t forget that you can participate from home! All week long (May 1-5th), we’re asking library supporters to email, call, and tweet their Members of Congress about federal library funding and other key library issues. Register now, and you will ... Read More »

ALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2017

I am pleased to announce that Alisa Holahan will serve as ALA’s 2017 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and internet policy issues through the library lens. As a Google Policy Fellow, Holahan will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, information access for underserved populations, telecommunications policy, digital ... Read More »

Reintroducing the ALA Washington Office Newsline

Four front pages of the print Washington Office newsletters, dating back to 1947.

There are many public resources about upcoming hearings, current legislation, news alerts, how to help, who to call… the information never stops. … the information never stops. That’s why—in honor of National Library Week—we are announcing the reintroduction of the ALA Washington Office Newsline, a twice-weekly “vertical file” and email briefing, which we hope will help to make sense of ... Read More »

2017 WHCLIST award winner announced

U.S. Capitol.

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Lori Rivas of Newhall, CA is the winner of the 2017 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 the event. A ... Read More »

#TTW17 recap, upcoming conferences and more

Mr. Nick Minchin, Australian Consul-General, speaking at a recent Library For All reception.

Hi all. Well, I have accumulated a number of items and so figured it was time for a little update. I would like to begin with YALSA’s Teen Tech Week, which just concluded. We had a big push on coding-related activities and a highlight was a segment on the news in Detroit on WXYZ-TV (the ABC affiliate). It is great; ... Read More »