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Getting libraries ready for the election season

Conference Washington Update image.The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s ALA Washington Update session at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will discuss the upcoming national election season and detail the ways that the political cycle will impact libraries and library funding. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30—10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.

Sen. Jim Webb
Sen. Jim Webb

Called a potential presidential candidate by the Washington Post, Webb has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy-award winning journalist, an accomplished filmmaker, and an author of ten books. Before serving in the Senate, Webb served in Congress as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. In 1984, Webb, was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, and in 1987 became Secretary of the Navy. Webb’s American war-drama film “Rules of Engagement” held the top slot in U.S. box offices in 2000. He has written nine books, including “Born Fighting” and “Fields of Fire.”

In addition to Webb’s speaking role, the Washington Office will host several breakout sessions following the Washington Update that will offer hands-on training that will improve library services from 10:30—11:30 a.m., including the following sessions:

Breakout Session I: Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30—11:30 AM
Conference Room: LVCC-N259/261

How does the recent net neutrality court case impact the public’s right to know?  Is public access to the Internet being manipulated? Learn how the Federal Communications Commission is addressing network neutrality issues and ALA’s actions to support an open Internet. Gigi Sohn, special counsel for External Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission, will speak at the session. A panel of respondents will discuss net neutrality, including Vivian R. Wynn, chair of the ALA Committee on Legislation and president of Wynn Library Consulting; Aaron Dobbs, Shippensburg University Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian, former member of the OITP Advisory Committee and past chair of the ALA Web Advisory Committee; and Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office.

Breakout Session II: Libraries and E-government
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30—11:30 AM
Conference Room: LVCC-N260

Come join a discussion on e-government activities that libraries are currently participating in and new tools that might prove helpful in serving the e-government needs of your patrons. Session speakers include Eunice Anderson; acting chief of the Neighborhood Library Services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library; Homa Naficy, chief adult learning officer of the Hartford Public Library and director of The American Place; and Shaney T. Livingston, director of the Alachua County Library District.

Breakout Session III: Making an Impact: Proven Grassroots Strategies for Friends, Trustees, Advocates, and Foundations
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30—11:30 AM
Conference Room: LVCC-N263

Looking for ways to engage your friends and trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundation to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever libraries need advocacy, especially from their friends, trustees, advocates and foundations, because members of Congress want to hear from their constituents. Are you a member of one of these groups wishing to get more elected officials and influencers to listen to your message? Join this session–led by advocacy expert Stephanie Vance and sponsored by the ALA Washington Office and United for Libraries–for tips and examples on how to have an impact through grassroots organizing and messaging.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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