ALA/WO Presents: David Lankes in Second Life

Last night, David Lankes from Syracuse University delivered the ALA’s Washington Office’s first interactive presentation in Second Life entitled “Participatory Networks: Libraries as Conversation”. Since the presentation was based upon a technology brief, written for the Office for Information Technology Policy on ho social networking software, Second Life proved to be a fantastic venue to engage librarians in a conversation ... Read More »

A Few Words About the District Dispatch Podcast

On December 7, 2006, the ALA Washington Office debuted the District Dispatch Podcast, a regularly updated audio program containing news and commentary about recent library-related legislation and other important topics like E-rate and copyright. For those who are new to it, a podcast is simply an audio file sent out to subscribers or, in this case, readers of the District ... Read More »

District Dispatch Podcast #4

Episode District Dispatch Podcast #4 Cast Carrie Lowe, Internet Policy Specialist, Office for Information Technology Policy Andy Bridges, Communications Specialist Subject Carrie Lowe introduces us to E-rate and tells us how important it is to libaries today. —– In order to listen, all you need to do is make sure you have speakers or headphones plugged in and click the ... Read More »

State Library E-Rate Coordinators Converge on Herndon, VA

Did you know that even though the E-rate program makes $2.25 billion available annually to libraries and schools for telecommunications service, Internet access and related costs, libraries have traditionally made up less than 5% of the program? The reasons for this are many, including the impact of CIPA legislation and the complexity of the application process. Thanks to a generous ... Read More »

End of Congressional Session Action Alert

After Tuesday’s dramatic election results, Democrats now control the U.S. House of Representatives, by gaining about 30 seats, and the Senate, by taking a 51-49 majority. The Washington Office will provide a list of committee assignments and the leadership positions as soon as they are available. Congress will return on November 14. The House Democrats will hold leadership elections on ... Read More »