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                Capital Librarian: the Newsletter of DCLA

The newsletter dates back to 2005 when it was called DCLA Intercom. In the "September-October 2007" issue, the newsletter was renamed DCLA Capital Librarian. The newsletter ceased publication in May 2011. 

In February 2014, a publications committee formed to relaunch the newsletter. The "June 2014 Newsletter" is the first issue of the new Capital Librarian newsletter. All content will also appear in the newsletter's archive.

Please contact if you would like to help with the newsletter's publication.

Events, Elections, & More! DCLA May Newsletter
2018-5-1 Capital Librarian

Capital Librarian

Upcoming Events

  • National Library Legislative Day, Monday/Tuesday, May 7-8, 2018
  • DCLA Executive Board Meeting, Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Southwest Neighborhood Library, District of Columbia Public Library, 900 Wesley PL SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Librarians and Friends Book Club, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • East City Book Shop,
    • 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington DC 20009 
    • Eastern Market Metro
    • Happy Hour - June 1, 2018: Location TBA
    • DCLA Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, June 13, 2018: Location & Tickets TBA

National Library Legislative Day
Next week, nearly 500 library advocates are heading to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Senators and Representatives. We are asking you to help us boost the signal.

We have three asks for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) this year:
  • House & Senate: Reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 2271)
  • House & Senate: Fully Fund LSTA and IAL for FY 2019
  • House & Senate: Visit a library, see broadband access in action
There are plenty of ways to participate in NLLD from home! Check out our toolkit, with suggestions for writing your elected officials an email and inviting them to tour your library.

Everyone who registers will receive a reminder next week, prompting them to take action. You will also receive all the talking points you need, along with a link to the live stream taking place on Monday, May 7. Watch the issue briefing live at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, follow along on social via the hashtag #NLLD18, and then take action yourself!

Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loan


The Student Financial Assistance Committee (SFAC) of the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for its Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loan of $6,000 in support of ALA-accredited graduate library/information science education.
This interest-free loan, which the SFAC can forgive upon an awardee’s maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA for the twelve months following the award, has been made to students in the DC metro area since 2002 thanks to a bequest from Ms. Fine (a past president of DCLA).  
To date, ALL our awardees have had their loan forgiven.
One Student Loan of $6,000 will be awarded in 2018.

The SFAC will accept applications, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials by mail or email from now until Saturday, May 5, 2018

Applicants must be a member of DCLA [student memberships are only $5 
and it is not too late to join].
Preference is given to Washington, DC residents or someone employed in the District of Columbia.  For complete information, please visit
Please contact Jennifer Manning, (Chair, DCLA Student Financial Assistance Committee) at 202-707-7565, or  or with any questions about the Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loans.

DCLA Call for 2018 Board Nominations

The District of Columbia Library Association is looking for volunteers to serve a two- or three-year term on the Board, which leads our Association in providing programming, networking, scholarships, and advocacy for libraries. 
Help us remain a growing thriving library organization serving the DC metro community by considering running for a position on the Board or encouraging those you think may be interested! 
If you would like to self-nominate or nominate someone else for an open position (we will confirm his/her willingness to stand for election), please contact Yvonne Dooley,

Open positions are as follows: 

President-Elect/ Vice President
Membership Director
Systems Director


To learn more about the duties for each of the positions, visit 

Report from ALA Councilor:
Updates from the American Library Association

ALA Elections were held, closing April 4.  Wanda Kay Brown was elected to be ALA’s 2019–20 president-elect. Brown is the Director of Library Services at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She received 6,066 votes while her opponent, Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian of the College of the Canyons in California received 4,066 votes. 22.1 percent of eligible members voted. 
ALA members also voted to increase personal member dues as of September 2018 by between $1 and $5 depending on your membership type. Also approved was an increase in Association dues over the next five years, subject to 
the approval of the ALA Executive Board and based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The proposed amendment 
to require the next ALA executive director (ED) to hold an ALA-accredited master’s degree received 6,515 affirmative votes while 3,890 members voted that it should only be preferred. Unfortunately the total number of votes cast only represented 20.79 percent of eligible voters. To set the vote as ALA Policy, 25 percent of ALA members would have had to vote on the measure.
In other news. The U.S Congress has taken up the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, of which the ALA is in favor.  This legislation would amend the U.S. copyright law to allow 
cross-border sharing of accessible content for people with print disabilities. It is an important amendment for the print disabled around the world and in the U.S. it will make accessible copies of materials available in multiple languages.
The U.S. Congress has also introduced an act to modernize the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in
 the Government Publishing Office which the ALA is in favor of as well.

Professional Development Course Alert!
Verifying Online Content


First Draft has just launched a free, one-hour, online course on how to verify the authenticity of the online content. It includes lessons on how to research sources online and independently confirm the time, location and originality of photos and videos. Our hope is that the course will help people to better distinguish good information from bad – and thereby prevent them from sharing the bad. You can access the course by going to and clicking the ‘Get Free Access’ button.

Librarians, of course, play a critical role in teaching citizens how to interrogate information and sources, online or not. We believe the skills we teach in this course are now a critical part of that education.

Please have a look at the course, and let us know what you think! If you like what you see, I would very much appreciate your help in promoting the course through social media posts and perhaps inclusion in your newsletter.

You can also find the course’s FAQ here.


Change of DCLA Address Notification

If you need to write us, our new address is as follows:

District of Columbia Library Association
P.O Box 1653, Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

Did you know that your DCLA membership gives you membership to the Library of Congress Federal Credit Union?

Active DCLA members should visit, call 202-707-5852, or email the credit union for membership.



Career Portal

Reach more library professionals in the DC Metropolitan Area with the new DCLA Career Portal. Posting a job is free until FOR A LIMITED TIME. Visit the DCLA Career Portal Job Posting Forum to begin posting today or to find your next library job. Share this link freely with your organization and colleagues interested in finding a job in DC and beyond.

Online Learning Opportunities

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