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Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), the senior senator from Springfield, Ill., will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it…

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Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s Midwinter (ALA) Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of “Got E-rate?,” a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications…

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Roger Goldblatt added to Midwinter Washington Update session

The American Library Association (ALA) Office of Government Relations today announced that Roger Goldblatt, associate bureau chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, will speak at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Goldblatt will speak at the Washington Update program “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election…

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New Year, New E-rate: E-rate implementation begins

I doubt the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) timed its second E-rate Modernization Order to correspond with the holiday season, but the timing has provided a variety of opportunities for analogies for those of us writing about the program. So while we at the ALA Washington Office are transitioning from 2014…

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Grab E-rate Order CliffsNotes and join PLA webinar to get a jumpstart on “New Year, New E-rate”

For those of us who did not take Marijke Visser’s advice for light holiday reading, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow Bob Bocher has a belated gift. Click here to get the library “CliffsNotes” of the E-rate Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2014. This…

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