Tag Archives: Alan Inouye

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

photo of a swamp - lots of trees in a muddy pond

“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely to happen—in the swamp that’s not widely reported? Report from ... Read More »

ALA in NYC (Part 1): Working together, sharing solutions

at the entrance to Brooklyn Public Library

Last week, OITP Director Alan Inouye and I escaped the DC swamp momentarily for a trip to NYC. We accompanied the Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) co-chairs Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, ALA President Julie Todaro and President-elect Jim Neal as part of ALA’s DCWG leadership contingent that meets periodically with publishers in New York City. ALA started these meetings ... Read More »

ALA in NYC (Part 2): ‘More than a collection of books’

Brooklyn Public Library, Central

How many times have you heard that phrase? A visit to the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library system proved to make that statement undoubtedly true. I work for ALA, I am a librarian, I worked for a library, I go to my branch library every week, so I know something about libraries. But this visit to this library ... Read More »

Potpourri in the swamp, but it is all good!

Yes, this is a weird title — but I was involved in several activities from the last couple of weeks that I wanted to communicate. One or two of these could each merit a full post themselves. Given Midwinter and the frenetic pace of Washington at the moment, I did not get around to it, unfortunately. So, here is the ... Read More »

Whiplash – back to Washington, D.C.

xray image of driver with whiplash

Whiplash — going from Midwinter in Atlanta to arriving back in my office in Washington, D.C. and facing a week of policy onslaught. As with much of the nation, I find it hard to know where to begin. Of course, my starting point is always the ALA mission, the Library Bill of Rights and the strategic directions of the Association, ... Read More »