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President's Message

11 Oct 2016 4:08 PM | Yvonne Dooley (Administrator)
Dear DCLA Members,

We are off to a great start this year and have even more exciting programming down the road.  As I mentioned during our annual Awards Reception back in May, my focus will be on providing opportunities for members to connect.  Last month, we had a wonderful turnout at our Annual Fall Membership Reception at Smith Public Trust with over sixty members in attendance – thanks to everyone for coming out!  Folks were very happy with the open venue, just a short walk from the Brookland-CUA Metro station, where they could easily mix and mingle while enjoying sumptuous appetizers and drinks.  If you happened to miss the event, don’t worry – we plan to hold other get-togethers there as well, so keep an eye out for event updates.

On September 29, we celebrated Banned Books Week with a Read Out program at the Library of Congress, presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, Young Readers Center and Freedom to Read Foundation.  I opened the program by talking a little bit about the history of banned books then participants read from some of their favorites, including the picture book I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Ellison’s Invisible Man and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.  Pamela Jackson, the new Director for Center for the Book, closed out the program.

On Wednesday, October 19, please come out for our free program “Copyright:  Don’t Panic.”  We had a little trouble in the beginning securing a venue, so we apologize for the short notice.  However, with some quick maneuvering by our Vice President, Candice Townsend, and ALA Chapter Councilor, Emily Wagner, we now have the spacious and convenient Hannan Hall (Room 10) at Catholic University of America.  Our speaker is an expert from the Copyright Office and you definitely won’t want to miss this.  You will have an opportunity to make a direct connection with the U.S. Copyright Office and have all of your burning questions about copyright answered.  Hannan Hall can hold up to 175 people and is conveniently located between the McMahon parking lot and the Pryzbyla University Center.  Let’s pack the house and get you hooked up with the Copyright Office!  Again, the event is FREE – register today at http://www.dcla.org/event-2355373.

On Tuesday, October 25, be sure and come out for the 3rd Annual Battle of the Librarians!  The event will be held at Hill Country BBQ located at 410 7th St NW (Chinatown or Archives Metro – Red/Green/Yellow).  Show off your trivia knowledge and have fun with colleagues as you partake in some of the best BBQ in the D.C. area.  Let’s give LLSDC (Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.) & DC/SLA (D.C. Chapter of Special Libraries Association) a run for their money and show them that DCLA is a force to be reckoned with.  This event is also FREE!  Food and beverages are available for purchase.  Register today!

Wednesday, November 2, we have a panel discussion lined up to provide “Tips and Tricks for New Managers” at the MLK Memorial Library Dream Lab.  If you are new to management or supervision, or are hoping to be promoted, this is the program for you!  You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have related to this topic and get answers from library managers in public, school and government settings.  Light refreshments will be offered prior to the session, along with a chance to network with colleagues before hearing top advice tips from our panelists.  If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to provide input, you can reach out our Career & Leadership Director, Kimberly Knight at dcladirector2@gmail.com.

We are still in the process of finalizing other exciting opportunities, including a special tour of the National Archives and Records Administration in December!  Be sure and stay connected by checking our website at www.dcla.org for upcoming events and joining DCLA’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

I hope to see you at one or more of these amazing events!

Best regards,

Yvonne Dooley
DCLA President

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