Advocacy Spotlight

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 »

Making sense of a making discussion

3D printer in action

Last Friday, I served as a panelist in a program on 3D printing at the Dupont Summit, an annual science, technology and environmental policy convening in Washington D.C. I was joined by Gadsden “Gad” Merrill, general manager at Tech Shop DC-Arlington, a subscription-based fabrication facility replete with 3D printers and other digital manufacturing tools. Gad offered a tour de force ... Read More »

Getting down to business on Policy Revolution!

George Washington School of Business, Washington, D.C.

In November 2013, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy – rabble rousers that we are – started a revolution…a policy revolution, that is. Realizing that perceptions of what libraries do among decision makers and the public do not always reflect reality, we spearheaded an effort by that very name (Policy Revolution!) to increase the library community’s visibility and capacity for ... Read More »