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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.

2018 IMLS National Medals ceremony showcases how libraries transform

One of the best things about working in ALA’s Washington Office is the opportunity to attend celebratory events like the presentation of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medals, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums in service to their communities. Over the award’s 24 years,…

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Library supporters gear up for “year-round advocacy” at ALA’s 2018 National Library Legislative Day

Library advocates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill for more than 325 congressional visits in support of America’s libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 44th annual National Library Legislative Day, May 7–8. Participants asked members of Congress to fully fund federal library…

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Advocating for libraries: Tips for talking to legislators

The FY 2019 federal budget proposal will be released in the coming weeks: what’s your strategy to help #FundLibraries? Year-round advocate and Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin offers valuable tips for effectively engaging your members of Congress.    Few legislators will go on record saying they don’t like libraries, so enlisting legislative support should be…

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Bridging the Spectrum symposium at CUA/LIS highlights public policy directions in Washington

On Friday, February 2, The Catholic University of America (CUA) Library and Information Sciences Department will host its Tenth Annual Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science (LIS). A one-day event, Bridging the Spectrum provides attendees with a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place…

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Tax season is here: How libraries can help communities prepare

This blog post, written by Lori Baux of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, is one in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just…

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