Events

Webinar explores collaboration to serve military & their families through libraries

A military family.

The ALA and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) introduced their new partnership to the first round of potential pilot libraries last week. The effort provides an opportunity for libraries to add to their capacity to serve military members and their families with customized financial education and resources in concert with certified credit counselors. Larra Clark, deputy director of the ... Read More »

National Library Legislative Day 2016

North Carolina Delegation stand with Senator Burr on the steps.

It’s that time again! Registration for the 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day is open. This year, the event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016, bringing hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with previous years, ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

How do you YouTube?

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The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community. An experienced panel of speakers will delve into the world of online videos as the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office (WO) hosts ... Read More »

ALA’s Washington Office serves up holiday spirit

So Others Might Eat will distibute holiday shoebox gifts that ALA Washington Office donated for needy families.

Libraries have a tradition of serving their communities, so our Washington Office staff—spearheaded by Office of Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) Carrie Russell—chose to serve our Washington, D.C. community by donating holiday shoebox gifts to homeless families through a wonderful organization called So Others Might Eat (SOME). The holiday shoebox drive takes place each year, but this is the first year ... Read More »