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OITP releases entrepreneurship white paper

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…

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Big thanks to our unforgettable library heroes

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…

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ALA Washington announces 2016 WHCLIST winner

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…

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Making sense of a making discussion

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…

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