Library Advocacy

Creating the NLLD special collection

This is a guest post from Rosalind Seidel, our fall Special Collections Intern joining us from the University of Maryland (UMD). Rosie has one semester left in her MLIS program at UMD, and hopes to become a rare books and special collections librarian. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Medieval ... Read More »

Keep your Wi-Fi signal strong: defend E-rate

FCC Building

We have been anticipating some changes would take place after Chairman Pai took the helm of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC), and wondered about where he might take the E-rate program. During his time as Commissioner, while supportive of the intent and goals of the program, he was less than enthusiastic about many of the program changes as a result of the Modernization. ... Read More »

ALA advocacy panel at New York Comic Con

ALA panel speakers at New York Comic Con 2017.

This year, New York Comic Con (NYCC) is teaming up with The New York Public Library to expand offerings for educators and librarians by providing them with a space for panels, networking, and workshops on Thursday, October 5. ALA has organized a panel that will take place in the Celeste Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The panel, Citizen-Centric Library Advocacy: Building ... Read More »

After 20 years, House hearing focuses on depository libraries

Picture of the Government Publishing Office from the street.

On September 26, Congress’ Committee on House Administration held a hearing to discuss the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) – the first such hearing in 20 years. The hearing was part of the committee’s initiative to examine Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which is the basis for the FDLP and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). While much of the ... Read More »

Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

Congress delivered good news for library funding after returning from its August recess this week. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an increase of $4 million in funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all of which would go to the formula-based Grants to States program. Following months of intensive Hill lobbying by ALA Washington Office staff ... Read More »