Library Advocacy

Federal libraries and the national policy agenda

Library of Congress

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting at the Library of Congress with the FEDLINK Advisory Board. My brief was a presentation and discussion of the National Policy Agenda for Libraries in the context of federal libraries and related institutions. Federal libraries represent both a particular segment of the library community and an extensive and far-reaching one as well—including ... Read More »

Time to vote for libraries at SXSW

South by Southwest welcome banner.

Believe it or not, the annual interdisciplinary fete known as South by Southwest (SXSW) is once again around the corner – and, as in years past, we need your help to make sure libraries are well represented. Last year, with your help, OITP’s Larra Clark participated in the Austin-based event (which consists of four separate convenings – SXSW Interactive, SXSW ... Read More »

The future of the MLS: New report from the University of Maryland

University of Maryland logo

Last summer, the iSchool at the University of Maryland launched the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative. The premise is that future professionals in library and library-related fields will likely need fundamentally different educational preparation than what is provided by current curricula. Based on an extensive body of research, outreach, and analysis, yesterday the iSchool released its report Re-Envisioning the MLS: Findings, ... Read More »

Amendment to help save school libraries moving now!

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Vital Reed-Cochran Amendment to ESEA! Today, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on modifying and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s principal education statute. First up will be a bipartisan amendment crucial to school library funding by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS). Passing the “Reed-Cochran Amendment” ... Read More »