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Welcome to the

District of Columbia
Library Association

The District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) is a chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) and the local service organization for librarians and library workers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

DCLA provides opportunities for personal and professional development through networking, participation in committees, interest groups, and the executive board. We also provide programming for new and transitioning information professionals, and advocate for local libraries and issues related to library service.

DCLA National Library Legislative Day Scholarship Application

Current DCLA members are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the American Library Association Washington Office's National Library Legislative Day program on May 7-8, 2018. The value of the scholarship is $75, which will cover 100% of the event registration cost on a reimbursable basis. A maximum of four scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicants' statement of intent. Applications are due on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm (ET). Scholarship winners will be selected and notified by Friday, April 6, 2018.

About NLLD

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C.

Attendees spend one-day learning effective advocacy tactics and being briefed about pressing federal legislative issues that are impacting libraries. On the second day, they join other attendees from their state to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for library issues and policies. Open to the public, the event also offers attendees the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship recipients will be required to provide a 500 word summary of their experience at NLLD, for publication on any DCLA platforms (newsletter, website, etc.). You will also be asked to take photos and post to your social media accounts throughout the program.

Contact Nicholas Brown at with any questions.

Application Form:

Upcoming events

You are invited:

In honor of the 20thanniversary of the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship, we invite librarians of color and allies from the DC metropolitan area to join us for food and conversation on April 4, 2018 from 6-8pm. Busboys & Poets will host our informal gathering to celebrate the legacy of our professional and national diversity champions on the 50th anniversary of the passing of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to the Spectrum Scholarship, the American Library Association’s program which “affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.”

Please RSVP here.


Time & Date: April 4, 2018 from 6-8pm


Location: 5th and K Busboys & Poets

1025 5th St NW

Washington, DC 20001

(near Gallery Place-Chinatown metro)

Mailing Address:
Union Station
 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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