Posts Tagged 'ALA'

Raising Library Visibility in Washington

From the District Dispatch:

Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy announced that the organization will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support from a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nearly $1 million in funding over three years will enable the ALA to increase library visibility and build capacity for sustained action on the national level.
The telecommunications, information technology, and content industry interest groups in Washington, D.C., are large and influential in federal policymaking. Advancing library and information policy objectives in this crowded and competitive field has been the founding purpose and driving force behind OITP.
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ALA Town Hall on Ebooks

If you care to listen to the American Library Association (ALA) Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks last week,  the archive of the webinar is available to view at your leisure. You may also download the slides.

A summary of the session is available on the American Libraries E-content blog, “ALA Moves Forward in Ebook Arena.” The town hall highlights ALA advocacy during the past two years, focusing on the intensive engagement with the largest book publishers. Future directions for ALA, libraries, and the publishing industry are also discussed. To keep up on future developments, check out the American Libraries E-content Blog—the place for major news and developments on library ebooks and ALA.

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.

Political strategist to speak on new political landscape at ALA Mid-Winter Conference

Are you heading to Seattle for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in January? If so, then you can learn about the new political landscape during the ALA Washington Office Update session featuring Jennifer Duffy, political strategist. Ms. Duffy will address librarians and library activists and discuss how the elections and the new class of politicians will impact libraries, library policies and legislation. This session will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 8:30am to 10:30am. For more details about the session and Ms. Duffy, please see the District Dispatch post.

Advocacy Preconferences at ALA Midwinter Conference

If you are attending the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas in January, check out the advocacy preconferences that are being offered. See the District Dispatch post  for details.

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 



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