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Author: Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

Encourage youth at your library to register for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge

It’s not too late to encourage your middle and high school patrons to create and submit an original app for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge! As guest contributor Rachel Décoste explains in a post originally published in The Scoop, the first step is to make sure your congressional district is…

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Advocating before the election: Find out where candidates stand on library issues

This article was crossposted from American Libraries and was written by guest author David Shumaker. David Shumaker retired this month after serving 12 years as clinical associate professor in library and information science at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. When it comes to advocacy for libraries, we often…

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Applications open, webinars set for IMLS grant programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2019 proposals for National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). New this year, IMLS is offering one application deadline for the two programs, which have previously each had two cycles per year. Applicants have through September 17, 2018,…

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When my congressman visited me (or, How National Library Legislative Day came back home)

This guest post is contributed by Jami Trenam, Associate Director of Collection Development at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and past chair of the Minnesota Library Association’s Legislative Committee. As a first-year National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) coordinator for Minnesota, I was equally thrilled and anxious to…

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Washington Office at Annual 2018: Libraries #Ready to Code

Headlined by ALA’s Libraries #Ready to Code cohort and team leaders, the youth and technology track at Annual 2018 will offer guidance on how to launch or enhance computer science (CS) programming at your library. Don’t miss the beta release party for the Libraries Ready to Code Collection on Friday…

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