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DTV Awareness Week Part 1: District Dispatch Podcast #22

This is Digital Television (DTV) Awareness Week in America’s public libraries! This week, the FCC will be conducting informational sessions at local public libraries across the country about the Nation’s transition from analog to digital broadcast television, also referred to as the DTV transition. To celebrate this week-long event, the ALA Washington Office will be releasing a series of tools for librarians to better educate themselves and their patrons, one a day on the District Dispatch blog.

Today’s release is District Dispatch Podcast #22.

District Dispatch Podcast #22


  • Catherine Seidel, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Andy Bridges, Communications Director, ALA Washington Office

This podcast features the FCC’s Catherine Seidel, who explains just what the DTV Transition is all about.

Program Length
6 minutes, 11 seconds

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ALA President-elect Jim Rettig Testifies before Congress

As reported earlier in the District Dispatch, yesterday, October 24, ALA President-elect Jim Rettig testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on House Administration. This oversight hearing for the Library of Congress was called “Issues in Library Management.” Rettig’s full testimony is available below as a PDF file. Others…

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GODORT Participates in Advocacy Training at Washington Office

On Wednesday, October 18, a baker’s dozen of government information specialists from ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), gathered at the ALA Washington Office to learn all about advocacy. This program, organized for GODORT by the Washington Office, was lead by the acclaimed “advocacy guru” Stephanie Vance with assistance from the…

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ALA President-elect Jim Rettig to call for Library of Congress to maintain its service to the public

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, October 24, American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Jim Rettig will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Administration Committee at an oversight hearing on the Library of Congress. Traditionally, the Library of Congress has served as a de facto national library, upon which…

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Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation Panel @ ALA Annual 2007

What exactly is social networking and Second Life? What are these and games doing in libraries? How is it affecting our profession? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions or wanted to know more, then the ‘Participatory Networks: the Library as Conversation’ Washington Office breakout session is for you.…

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