Washington Office News

WHCLIST award nomination deadline approaching

2014 WHCLIST winner accepts certificate

The deadline for WHCLIST nominations is quickly approaching! If you are planning to nominate a non-librarian, first-time attendee of National Library Legislative Day, the nomination requirements are due no later than April 1, 2015. The winner of this award receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison hotel. The White House Conference on Library and Information ... Read More »

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

Natalie Yee

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 »