Tag Archives: yalsa

A Policy Revolution! can happen only if we work together

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I was quite happy to see last week’s announcement of awardees of IMLS grants for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. No; I didn’t receive a grant. But we are named collaborators on three of them. Such cooperative efforts are key to our policy work, as there is only so much ... Read More »

Libraries recognized at House Energy and Commerce hearing on 3D printing

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Jonathon Colman via Flickr

Rep. Cardenas credits libraries as leaders of the maker movement On Friday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing exploring the implications of the rapid takeoff of 3D printing in this country and beyond. Witnesses included Alan Amling of UPS, Edward Herderick of General Electric, Ed Morris of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation ... Read More »

ALA submits comments on Family Engagement and Early Learning

A parent reads to small children at her local library.

Yesterday, were we getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter conference that starts this week? Uh, no. In fact we were putting the finishing touches on comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. Their draft policy statement includes specific Principles ... Read More »

How to advocate for libraries this summer

It’s August, and most political activities are moving to home districts for the summer. Fortunately, legislators return to local districts during this time, leaving plenty of opportunities for library advocates to schedule advocacy meetings or invite legislators to visit their local libraries. It is also an election year, so many legislators are campaigning for the U.S. House of Representatives and ... Read More »

Teen issues and tech policies intersect this Thursday

In what ways are Washington issues affecting teen library users? How can librarians support technology policies that support teenagers? Ask these questions and more this Thursday when technology policy leaders from the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) discuss digital learning via the Young Adult Library Services Association’s @yalsa Twitter account. As part of Teen Tech Week, ... Read More »