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House appropriators narrowly vote to politicize LC subject heading choices

The full House Appropriations Committee met earlier today to “mark up” (amend and vote on) legislation to fund the Legislative Branch for FY 2017. As previously reported and expected, language inserted in the official Report accompanying the bill at the Subcommittee level essentially instructing the Library not to implement proposed…


The strange case of Congress and the confounding (re)classifications

You wouldn’t think that a decision by the Library of Congress about what subject headings libraries generally should use in, for example, an online catalog would create a political flap. Then again, in Washington – like the world on the other side of Alice’s looking glass – the usual rules…


IMLS announces next immigration webinar in series

  On July 2, 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are available to assist libraries that…

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Free webinar: Expanding immigrant access through libraries

Library services to immigrants are extensive and include world language collections, multicultural programming, ESL, citizenship, computer classes, and information brokering. Learn how your library can better support immigrants in “We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community,” a free webinar hosted by e-government service Lib2gov from the American…


What Are the Best Ways that Libraries Can Help Immigrants?

How do library workers provide information services to immigrants and still stay within state laws that place limits on such activities? Next month, the American Library Association (ALA) will address immigration issues librarians face when they host free the webinar titled “Taking Action: Best Practices to Support Librarians and Library…

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