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House committee passes Higher Education Act

As anticipated in a District Dispatch post earlier this fall, the House Education and Workforce Committee this week approved (or marked up) legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act on a party line 23-17 vote. This legislation, among other things, threatens a popular student loan program for LIS program graduates.…

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Librarians comment on Education Department priorities

The American Library Association and librarians across the country submitted comments to the Department of Education (ED) in response to its 11 proposed priorities. The priorities, standard for a new administration, are a menu of goals for the ED to use for individual discretionary grant competitions. Over 1,100 individual comments…

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Higher education reauthorization on Congressional fall agenda

On the fall agenda for Congress is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008. While HEA has received significant interest in the past few sessions of Congress, its passage has stalled under…

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2016 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service announced

On April 19, 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Now in its 22nd year, the National Medal celebrates libraries and museums…

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ALA DC Office welcomes U Michigan grad students

              Once again, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is participating in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program with the University of Michigan’s Information School. The ASB program: Creates the opportunity for students to engage in a service-oriented integrative learning experience; connects public sector…

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