Advocacy Spotlight

Library heroes reunite to defeat FBI surveillance

text - STAND UP, don't STAND BY

For library professionals, civil rights advocates and Americans everywhere, the members of the “Connecticut Four” epitomize the word “hero.” Twelve years ago, Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey, Jan Nocek and George Christian fearlessly faced down the FBI by refusing to comply with a National Security Letter (NSL) demanding that they divulge patron borrowing and internet search records in the absence of ... Read More »

OITP releases entrepreneurship white paper

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In recent District Dispatch posts on National Start-Up Day Across America, the George Washington University Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference and National Small Business Week, I’ve made  the case that libraries are indispensable contributors to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. These posts offer broad-brush descriptions of the library community’s value and potential in the entrepreneurship space. Nowhere, however – on the District ... Read More »

Ready, set, #Readathon2016

National Readathon Day logo.

Saturday, May 21, is National Readathon Day 2016 – an opportunity for readers of all ages to come together at their local libraries, schools and bookstores to celebrate reading and raise money for early literacy. Proceeds from the event will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which supports literacy skills among children from birth to age 5. Leading ... Read More »

Big thanks to our unforgettable library heroes

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

We were blown away this year by the sheer number of applications we received for this year’s nominations for the WHCLIST Award, an honor that recognizes a non-librarian participant attending the 2016 National Library Legislative Day. The award covers hotel fees in addition to a $300 stipend to reduce the cost of attending the event.  The White House Conferences on ... Read More »

ALA Washington announces 2016 WHCLIST winner

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Dan A. Aldridge of Winterville, GA is the winner of the 2016 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. ... Read More »