Job Corps vendor outreach conference Nov 18

The Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration is seeking grant applications from community organizations, including libraries.

Consider being a contractor or subcontractor in operating a Job Corps center The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration, Office of Contracts Management has announced that it will be holding a Job Corps vendor outreach conference on November 18, 2015 at the Woodland Job Corps Center. The Agency would like to elicit new organizations in supporting the ... Read More »

Libraries Transform officially launched!

NBC News interviews ALA President Sari Feldman about the national Libraries Transform campaign.

Libraries Transform was officially launched on Thursday, October 29, by ALA President Sari Feldman who was here in Washington, D.C. to kick-off this national campaign to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Her visit was amplified by street teams on Capitol Hill, the National Mall, Union Station, Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom, ... Read More »

On the road for libraries: Cape May and Lewes

A new library is being built in Lewes, Delaware

As Larra Clark reports, we had the pleasure of working with the “chiefs” (as in the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)) at their recent fall meeting in Cape May, New Jersey. During the past years, ALA has worked with COSLA on many issues, notably advocating for an improved E-rate program, federal appropriations for libraries (i.e., the Library Services ... Read More »

Moving from agenda to action for libraries

Cape May Public Library, Cape May, New Jersey

What a difference a year makes! I had a few moments to reflect on this in preparation for a working session with our nation’s state librarians last week at the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ (COSLA) Fall Meeting. We traded Teton Village, WY, bears for Cape May, NJ, yellow-rumped warblers in the landscape, but more importantly we built on ... Read More »

Wow! The National Student Poets Program

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2015 National Student Poets.

Last Thursday, Larra Clark and I had the privilege of attending a dinner to honor the National Student Poets. Five students are selected each year to serve as literary ambassadors, each representing a different part of the country. The dinner capped an extraordinary day that began with a poetry reading in the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, White ... Read More »