Library Advocacy

Now Accepting WHCLIST Nominations!

The Washington Monument with flowers in the foreground.

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the WHCLIST Award. Each year, the 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. WHCLIST has been an effective ... Read More »

Copyright Office should modernize its operation

Old library card catalogue

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has mulled its way through 16 well-attended and sometimes contentious hearings on comprehensive copyright reform since 2013. Thursday’s hearing—“the U.S. Copyright Office: Its Function and Resources—sounds like one that keen copyright followers might think is mundane enough to skip, but they would be wrong. The Office’s functions tremendously affect how libraries, businesses, authors, and other ... Read More »

School libraries can’t afford to wait

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Today, we are ending a very busy week of work to include school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As we move forward on this very important legislative effort to secure federal funding for school libraries, we are asking library advocates, teachers, parents and students to ask their Senators to become co-sponsors of ... Read More »

Boots on the ground advocacy

US Capitol Building

I don’t think I need to overemphasize for you the important roles that libraries play in our communities. The epicenter of progress and knowledge, libraries have evolved to meet the educational and technological needs of their patrons. These institutions of learning and creation need to be protected and improved at all costs. And in the wake of the sweeping changes ... Read More »

Gearing up for South by Southwest

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“What the Future?” is not the usual interpretation of its acronym, but the question is at the heart of the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and EDU technology conferences. One answer to this question for public libraries, entrepreneurs and our communities is “Co-working, Collaboration and Creation @ your library.” This also is the title of our SXSW panel (Sunday, ... Read More »