Tag Archives: Emily Sheketoff

7 sessions + 1 party = Washington Office at Midwinter 2017

ALA 2017 Midwinter Meeting logo

What do Google, Inc., the Harvard School of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health and the Lakeview (Okl.) Elementary School have in common? If you guessed “the Washington Office lineup at Midwinter 2017,” you were right! Our sessions cover topics ranging from computer science education to professional development to family engagement in libraries. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list ... Read More »

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch Spark

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them. The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22, will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while librarians ... Read More »

ALA President quotes Madison, Carnegie and Oprah! at FOI Day festivities

James Madison Award logo

With the approaching 50th anniversary (July 4, 1966) of the enactment of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), there was a spirit of festivity at the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day event today hosted by the Freedom Forum’s 1rst Amendment Center. While speaking to attendees about the American Library Association’s policy priorities, ALA President Sari Feldman said ALA ... Read More »

Representatives from National Library of Uzbekistan Visit ALA Washington Office

Visitors from Uzbekistan with ALA staff.

Today, the ALA Washington Office welcomed visitors from the National Library of Uzbekistan as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This program supports international professional discourse and relationship-building by sponsoring short-term visits to the U.S. for foreign leaders. Gulrukh Iskandarova, Asadjan Khodjaev, Evgeniya Pshenichnaya and Umida Teshabaeva discussed their efforts to provide standards and best practices ... Read More »

ALA draws line in sand on USA FREEDOM amendments

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  The United States Senate adjourned today with the stage set for votes Tuesday afternoon on at least three “hostile” amendments to the USA FREEDOM Act filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  As explained in a letter by Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff that will be delivered to all Senators ahead of Tuesday’s votes, passage of any one such ... Read More »