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Congress is in recess, make it count

US Capitol from NW

National Library Week is the perfect time to make sure that your congressional representative in the House and both U.S. senators know you want them to fight for full federal library funding for fiscal year 2018. They are now home for two full weeks for their spring recess, so you have ample opportunity to make that point loudly, clearly and ... Read More »

Top 10 things to know (and do) about saving library funding

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The talk of Washington and the library community (when people aren’t talking about the President’s tweets, anyway) is the recent recommendation by the President to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including their library funding implementing the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program within the Department of ... Read More »

ALA hosts second delegation of librarians from Belarus

Librarians from Belarus visit the ALA Washington Office.

This afternoon, the American Library Association (ALA) was pleased to host six librarians from Belarus. This was our second delegation from Belarus in the last year; the first group visited this past August. These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation included: Ms. Maryia Liatsiaha, ... Read More »

Fourth feted with FOIA reform!

After nearly a decade of advocacy work by ALA, other activists and government officials, with the President’s signature last night we and the nation finally have a long-needed update to FOIA just in time to celebrate FOIA’s 50th birthday on July 4th. Now we can all celebrate our nation’s independence with the knowledge that our country will have an even ... Read More »

Federal experts to walk libraries through government red tape

Businessman bound up in red tape.

Ever felt frustrated by the prospect of another unfunded mandate from the federal, local or state government? Get a better understanding of the red tape. Empower yourself, your library and your community by learning to navigate major e-government resources and websites by attending “E-Government Services At your Library: Conquering An Unfunded Mandate,” a conference session that takes place at the 2016 American ... Read More »