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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 Means for Libraries,” takes place from 8:30–10:00a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, in room W183A.

Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund
Senator Durbin. Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund

Sen. Durbin will explore the implications of the recent national election and the ways that librarians can help shape the coming debates on privacy, library funding and other key library issues. With critical bills to reauthorize federal library funding, efforts to reform key privacy and surveillance statutes, and changes to copyright law all likely to be on legislators’ plates, libraries will engage heavily with the newly-elected 114th Congress.

Additionally, Roger Goldblatt, associate bureau chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, will speak at the session and focus on the Commission’s new consumer education initiative and its digital literacy agenda.


  • Sen. Richard Durbin, Assistant Senate Minority Leader, Illinois Senator
  • J. Mark Hansen, professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Thomas Susman, director, Government Affairs, American Bar Association
  • Roger Goldblatt, associate bureau chief, Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
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