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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.

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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Improving Digital Equity: The civil rights priority libraries and school technology leaders share

This blog post, written by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CEO Keith Krueger, is first 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 a…

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Announcing the ALA 2018 MidWinter Washington Office lineup

If you are interested in enhancing your library’s technology* program or in telling your library story to impact federal policies and funding, the Washington Office has a terrific lineup for you at the ALA 2018 MidWinter Meeting and Exhibits. Featured speakers come from StoryCorps, Google, the National Center for Women…

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Coding in Arkansas Public Libraries

Guest post by Amber Gregory, Coordinator of E-Rate Services at the Arkansas State Library, which uses funds provided by an IMLS LSTA grant to train librarians to facilitate coding programs. Coding and computer science are a priority in Arkansas, and public libraries are working alongside schools to bring coding opportunities to…

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Inspiring library staff and your community: CS Ed Week in Paducah, KY

Guest post by Susan Baier, Director of McCracken County Public Library (Paducah, KY), a Libraries Ready to Code grant recipient. Along with Youth Services Librarian Lea Wentworth, Baier is implementing the Next Level! Coders Club for middle and high school students.  Getting your staff and your community excited about computer science is…

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