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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 »

Video series makes the case for libraries

Gwen Abraham, featured in the new video series focusing on the E's of Libraries

U.S. libraries—120,000 strong—represent a robust national infrastructure for advancing economic and educational opportunity for all. From pre-K early learning to computer coding to advanced research, our nation’s libraries develop and deliver impactful programs and services that meet community needs and advance national policy goals. This message is one that our Washington Office staff bring to federal policymakers and legislators every ... Read More »

What’s working to connect all Americans to the digital world?

Woman and young girl in kitchen with laptop and paperwork smiling

Libraries are working with government agencies and nonprofits to connect people to the digital world. From the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s ConnectHome effort to the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program to citywide digital inclusion initiatives, libraries are playing leadership roles in connecting low-income Americans online. Policy and library leaders will discuss public policy options and share exemplars ... Read More »

Narrowing the Justice Gap

Status of justice holding scale.

While criminal justice issues have been increasingly in the public eye, lack of access to civil legal information and resources is a less well-known challenge that results in people appearing in court without lawyers in critical life matters such as eviction, foreclosures, child custody and child support proceedings, and debt collection cases. According to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), more ... Read More »

Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific) We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 ... Read More »