Events

Rep. Pallone talks net neutrality at N.J. library

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Guest post by Tonya Garcia, director of Long Branch (New Jersey) Public Library The Long Branch Public Library recently hosted a meeting with their representative, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), to discuss net neutrality and its importance to libraries. As the most senior minority representative on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he is a strong advocate for net neutrality (the ... Read More »

ALA celebrates World Wi-Fi Day

Michael Petricone stands with Rep Darrell Issa

Among all their other functions in our communities, libraries are critical spaces for people to access the internet, and they are increasingly doing so wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Virtually all public libraries in the U.S. provide Wi-Fi to patrons. By doing so, libraries serve as community technology hubs that enable digital opportunity and full participation in the nation’s economy. Wi-Fi is ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: “catalyzing” change in communities and Congress

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ALA’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) in Washington is pleased to present at ALA’s upcoming Annual Conference in Chicago two important, but very different, perspectives on how libraries and librarians can succeed in producing positive change. Both sessions will take place in the Conference Center on the morning of Saturday, June 24. The first, from 8:30 – 10:00am, is titled ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Libraries #ReadytoCode

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Are you tracking what’s going on with coding in libraries? OITP’s Libraries #ReadytoCode initiative is in full swing and if you haven’t heard, you can find out more in Chicago. The Ready to Code team is building off our Phase I project report to address some of the recommendations on support, resources and capacity school and public libraries need to ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

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“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely to happen—in the swamp that’s not widely reported? Report from ... Read More »