Archive for October, 2010

Webinar – How One Advocacy Action Per Month Can Change the World!

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is offering an advocacy webinar entitled “How One Advocacy Action Per Month Can Change the World!” on Tuesday, November 9th at 2pm.  For more information, including a link to register, please see the District Dispatch posting.

Libraries and the Maryland State Budget

Check out the article on Maryland’s budget and the outlook for libraries by Mary Baykan, the Legislative Officer of the Maryland Library Association.  The article can be found on page 12 of the Fall edition of The Crab, the online publication of the Maryland Library Association.

Webinar CORRECTION – USDA funds for rural libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued a small, but important, correction for the webinar on funding opportunities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  USDA defines rural as 20,000 residents (not 2,500 residents).   For more information on the webinar, see the earlier blog posting.

Webinar on USDA funds for rural libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office will be offering a webinar on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding opportunities for rural libraries on Friday, October 29th at 2pm.  Information will be presented on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, the Community Facilities program and the Community Connect program.  For more information, including a link to register, see the District Dispatch posting.

RUS posts project summaries for all BIP awards

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has posted a list of project summaries for all of the Last Mile, Middle Mile, and Satellite awards made under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).

Free Frontline Advocacy Webinar

Learn how to be a better library advocate on the frontlines with this free webinar being offered on October 29th by the American Library Association (ALA).  It is appropriate for all levels of staff.  More details from the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, including a link to register, appear below. 

” Learn how to empower all levels of library staff to become better advocates for their libraries and themselves by joining American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Camila Alire for a free “Frontline Advocacy” webinar from 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

Presented by Dr. Alire, dean emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University; Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin Community College in Austin; Patty Wong, librarian/chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in California; and Marci Merola, director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy, this webinar will focus on techniques frontline advocates can use to promote the diverse professionals, resources and services of public, school, academic and special libraries every day. 

Attendees will learn about the importance of this new level of library advocacy and how it differs from legislative advocacy; best practices on how to get frontline staff empowered and engaged to integrate frontline advocacy into patron and constituent interactions; and receive teaching and training guides for presenting content on a local level.

This webinar is targeted to educate and train librarians, administrators/managers, library educators, library school students, trainers/staff development personnel and public servicing library support staff from all types of libraries.”

 Registration is mandatory and may be done by completing the online registration form.

ALA files comments on Open Internet

The American Library Association (ALA), with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Open Internet and net neutrality regarding “specialized services” and the application of open Internet rules to mobile Internet access services.  For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.

21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act signed into law

On Friday, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.  This law will require that smart phones, television programs, the Internet and modern communications technologies are accessible to people with vision and hearing loss.

Webinar video available online – Libraries & the Elections: How You Can Be Involved & Make a Difference

The video of the ALA Washington Office webinar, Libraries and the Elections: How You Can Be Involved & Make a Difference, is now available online.  (See an earlier blog posting  for a program description.)  Go to the District Dispatch posting to view the video.

Congress passes continuing resolution to maintain FY2010 spending until December 3rd

On September 30th, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the FY 2010 levels until December 3rd, since they failed to pass any of the FY 2011 Appropriations bills.  President Obama was expected to sign the bill before midnight.

Also, as of September 30th, Congress is adjourned to allow time for the November elections.  They will likely return for a “lame duck” session on November 15th, at which time they will probably finish work on the FY 2011 budget.

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