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2015 WHCLIST Award

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the 2015 WHCLIST Award. This award is granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison Hotel. This year, NLLD will be held on May 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

To qualify for the award, applicants should be:

 A library supporter (trustee, friend, general supporter) and not a profession librarian.

 A first-time attendee of NLLD.

Application materials must be turned in no later than April 1, 2015.

To apply for the WHCLIST award, please submit a completed NLLD registration form; a letter explain-ing why you should receive the award; and a letter of reference from a library director, school librari-an, library board chair, Friend’s group chair, or other library representative to:

Lisa Lindle,   American Library Association

1615 New Hampshire Ave., NW

First Floor

Washington, DC 20009

202-628-8419 (fax)

Note: Applicants must register for NLLD and pay all associated costs. Applicants must make their own travel arrangements. The winner will be reimbursed for two free nights in the NLLD hotel in D.C and receive the $300 stipend to defray the  cost of attending the event. The winner will be notified by April 7, 2015

ENGAGE Legislative Action Center

Engage: Legislative Action Center

Engage is our new online advocacy tool  that has replaced Capwiz.  Engage will   distribute information about legislative issues and facilitate contact with elected officials. Engage is used by the American Library Association (ALA) for library advocacy at the federal level. ALA also makes Engage available to the Maryland Library Association (MLA) for Maryland library advocacy efforts. Check out  Engage at our MLA website

ALA site on Engage:

Show your support for libraries by using Engage to contact your  elected officials.

Digital Inclusion Survey

Data powers advocacy: Please log onto Digital Inclusion Survey today!

Five reasons public library staff should say “yes” to the Digital Inclusion Survey:

  1. ALA and the University of Maryland iPAC team have made the online platform as easy to use as possible, plus allowing folks to import last year’s data if you’ve participated before.
  2. We make it easy to leverage data for advocacy at all levels. Issue briefs, state summaries, reports and infographics provide bite-size pieces, context and visual appeal on the topics ranging from digital inclusion writ large to e-government and employment.*
  3. We don’t sit on our laurels. Have you looked at the new, interactive mapping feature that combines GIS, community demographic data and your library information on the fly? Your city and county managers thought it was pretty cool when we showed it to them.
  4. These data and the resulting reports allow you to see your library and its programs and services among libraries of similar sizes, and within a state* and national context, as well as your local community.
  5. ALA puts the data to work for you and your colleagues. We take these state summaries to senators; use the data to inform and bolster our policy recommendations, testimony and public comments; and publicize the heck out of what we’ve learned from all of you in media ranging from Fast Company to Governing magazine.

As often as you are asked to respond to a survey, we are asked to document why libraries need more funding through the federal E-rate program, to answer how many libraries offer 3D printers, and to show how libraries are helping supporting a 21st century workforce. I can’t credibly answer these questions without your help.

The Digital Inclusion Survey is open until November 22. Be the answer!

ENGAGE the new Capwiz

Engage will be The New Capwiz,  the ALA’s online advocacy tool that enables library advocates to easily contact  their elected officials

Why the change? According to ALA, it will Engage your audience with integrated social tools (greater than those of Capwiz); and Micro target and mobilize your members to advocate when, where, and how they choose.

When? Migration from Capwiz to ENGAGE takes place end of October 2014.

Sample of ENGAGE, our soon to be Advocacy tool

Action Alert! Sign the Petition to Protect Online Privacy

On December 5th, the American Library Association joined a nationwide day of action calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). It’s not too late to participate! Just sign the We the People online petition to the White House. The goal is to have 100,000 signatures by December 12th.

Why sign? The ECPA dates back to 1986, before most people had computers. The act does not require that the government have a warrant to access your documents stored in the cloud. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S 607 and HR 1847) would reform ECPA so that a warrant would be needed to access email and documents in the cloud.

Please sign the online petition to show your support for online privacy and help spread the word! Thanks in advance for any support!

Ebook library lending discussion on 10/23/2013

ALA leaders are encouraging librarians  to join the ebook library lending discussion by registering for the American Library Association’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will take place from 11 a.m.- noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Online registration is available here.

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