Tag Archives: Sari Feldman

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

ALA urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act

Digital section of MLK Library in Washington, D.C.

ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community. ALA President Sari Feldman issued a statement applauding Reps. Welch and McKinley for co-sponsoring H.R. ... Read More »

ALA congratulates Dr. Kathryn Matthew

Dr. Kathryn Matthew, Director, IMLS

U.S. Senate confirms Matthew as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Washington, DC— In a statement, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman commented on the United States Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “We commend President Obama on Dr. Matthew’s appointment and the U.S. ... Read More »

Pew study affirms vital role of libraries

Parents and children gather around Belinda J. Pugh, supervisory librarian for the station library, as she reads one of many books during the Story Time class held in the children’s room of the station library here. Story Time is an hour-long class held in the children’s room every Thursday at 10 a.m. It is open to all children age 5 and younger to help promote reading.

Libraries are transforming amidst the changing information landscape and a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, Libraries at the Crossroads, affirms the evolving role of public libraries within their communities as vital resources that advance education and digital empowerment. “Public libraries are transforming beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and new services ... Read More »

ALA applauds initiative to support broadband for public housing residents

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The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectHome initiative to expand high-speed broadband to public housing residents. The ALA is proud to be a partner in realizing a shared vision to empower more people to thrive online. “Librarians know from our work in communities every day that far, far too many Americans currently lack ... Read More »