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House releases dear appropriator letters: call your Representative before March 19

The campaign to save over $210 million in library funding begins this week in the House of Representatives with the release of two Dear Appropriator letters.* Our activity starts on the heels of the White House budget proposal for FY 2019, which recommends the elimination of most federal library funding.…


Free, online curriculum prepares learners for life and work

This guest post is by Danielle Arnold, School Media Specialist at Belmar (NJ) Elementary School and a Ready to Code library, and Shahla Naimi, Google for Education Program Manager. Danielle and Shahla were part of a panel session at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado. Earlier this month,…


2018 Google Policy Fellowship applications now open

The American Library Association is excited to announce the opening of the application process for the prestigious Google Policy Fellowship program. For the summer of 2018, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., learning about national policy and completing a…

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Five women who stood up for the public’s right to know.

Sunshine Week—a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information—is on the horizon. Held on March 11 through March 17 this year, Sunshine Week occurs annually, coinciding with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. During Sunshine…

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