Events

WHCLIST application deadline approaches

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

Library advocates! There is still time to apply for this year’s White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) award. Applications are due on April 1, 2016 (no joke!). This award is granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison hotel. The ... Read More »

Reflections on a South-by experience

Photo by Lisa Wadors Verne

Highbrow meets hijinks If you haven’t been yet, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the all-the-rage conference in Austin that can only be described as highbrow meets hijinks. For every insightful point made at the convention center, there’s at least one beer swilled on Sixth Street. For every transformative technology shown on the expo floor, there’s at least one brisket sandwich ... Read More »

ALA President quotes Madison, Carnegie and Oprah! at FOI Day festivities

James Madison Award logo

With the approaching 50th anniversary (July 4, 1966) of the enactment of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), there was a spirit of festivity at the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day event today hosted by the Freedom Forum’s 1rst Amendment Center. While speaking to attendees about the American Library Association’s policy priorities, ALA President Sari Feldman said ALA ... Read More »

OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of 2016 James Madison Award

James Madison Award logo

(ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-founder Seamus Kraft with the 2016 James Madison Award today during the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day hosted by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center at the Newseum. “Seamus Kraft is an individual who has and continues to fight hard to protect and promote the public’s right to know, ... Read More »

A weekend with wizard activists

Three Granger Leadership Academy proudly display their GLA tshirts.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Granger Leadership Academy (GLA) in Warwick, Rhode Island. The conference, hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), is a four day event focused on equipping attendees with the knowledge they need to be strong and effective leaders. In keeping with the HPA’s commitment to teaching activism skills through the power of ... Read More »