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  • 17 Feb 2012 8:53 AM | Deleted user

    The Foundation Center – Washington, DC is delighted to announce that the University of the District Columbia (UDC) has joined the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection Network. They will make Foundation Directory Online Database and other Foundation Center material freely available in their Learning Resources Division at the Van Ness campus on multiple computers, and will offer free training sessions. The UDC Learning Resources Division is conveniently located at the Van Ness Metro station and has evening and weekend hours.

    All are invited to join them for the Grand Opening of this collection on 2/29 and to help spread the word about this new resource.

    To respond, please see the details at the link below.

    Contact Pat Pasqual with questions: pep {at} foundationcenter [dot] org. 

  • 17 Feb 2012 8:49 AM | Deleted user

    The Corcoran Library of the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design announces the launch of the Corcoran Archival Network for the Visual Arts (CANVAS).

    CANVAS, built on CONTENTdm, will serve as the Corcoran Library’s digital collections platform. These collections will highlight the Corcoran’s contributions to local, national, and international artistic and academic communities. In the future, appropriate collections will be synchronized with WorldCat and their local library catalog, making their digital collections more visible and discoverable to the world. 

    Initial priority has been given to the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s Graduate Theses Collection. The Graduate Theses Collection showcases original research accomplished by graduate students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. They have loaded about 80% of the theses, and will continue to add items on a regular basis. The second priority is to develop a Corcoran Library Image Collection, shaped directly from student and faculty image needs, that will complement subscriptions to image databases. Full-text access to theses and full size image access are restricted to the Corcoran's two Washington, DC campuses.

    Future collections will both support the learning, teaching, and research goals of students, faculty, and staff, and highlight the Corcoran’s contributions to the art world. Projects under consideration include documentation of undergraduate senior theses, a digital collection catalog of the library’s artists’ books, and the Corcoran Biennial catalogs.

    CANVAS can be accessed at,, and through a forthcoming Digital Collections navigation link on the Corcoran Library website. 

  • 15 Feb 2012 2:43 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of Alec C. McFarlane, Business Manager, Library for Deaf Action (LDA)

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I am sending out to you a formal request for Letters and Commentary, personal and/or professional commentary on the need for a Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) in Maryland, all over the Nation, and thought the world.  Many of you have met with Alice Hagemeyer and myself and heard our direct argument and appeal for this creation.  There will be a hearing in Annapolis on February 16th in the House (HB 390) and possibly March 1st in the Senate (SB 571). 

    The DCDL will be a state-level library serving the entire community by providing a library dedicated to our Culture and backed by the government.  With the most important resource being information; our culture and history can best be preserved and promoted from within the vast library system. This is not only for information and resources, but also of outreach and programming; the modern library is proactive, not passive. The keyword 'diversity' is a big reason why we need your support, you need not be a resident of Maryland or any such; support from people of all walks of life, of various institutions, organizations and governments are important to the passage of this bill.

    Three Important Elements we want to emphasize:

    (1) We define the term "deaf" to mean  "with various hearing levels".

    (2) Anybody, anywhere, anytime could become deaf.

    (3) Information is power and we have no less than 300 years worth of Information about our Culture and History in the deaf community.

    House Bill 390


    This is a link to the actual Draft Bill, please note that it modifies existing law in Maryland, creating the DCDL. We will have a more comprehensive look at this later and it is further notable that the law will/would vary state by state.  The law establishing the 'Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped" was passed in 1931, it is now a federal law and we envision the same for the DCDL.

    Send To List:


    Re: SB 571

    Education Heath and Environmental Matters Committee
    Chair: Joan Carter Conway:
    Vice Chair: Roy P. Dyson: 
    Joanne Benson: 
    Paul G. Pinsky: 
    Bill Ferguson: 
    Edward R. Reilly:
    J. B. Jennings:
    Jim Rosapepe:
    Karen S. Montgomery:
    Bryan W. Simonaire:
    Ronald N. Young:

    Address letters to:

    Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair
    Senator Roy P. Dyson, Vice Chair
    Members of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee
    2 West 
    Miller Senate Building
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Dear Madam Chair,


    Re: HB 390
    Ways and Means Committee
    Chair: Sheila E. Hixson:
    Vice Chair: Samuel I. Rosenberg:
    Kathryn L. Afzali:
    Kumar P. Barve:
    Joseph C. Boteler III:
    Talmadge Branch:
    Jon S. Cardin:
    Mark N. Fisher:
    C. William Frick:
    Ron George:
    Glen Glass:
    Carolyn J. B. Howard:
    Jolene Ivey:
    Anne R. Kaiser:
    Eric G. Luedtke:
    Aruna Miller:
    LeRoy E. Myers, Jr.:
    Justin D. Ross:
    Andrew A. Serafini:
    Melvin L. Stukes:
    Michael Summers:
    Frank S. Turner:
    Jay Walker:

    Address letters to:
    Delegate Sheila Hixson, Chair
    Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg, Vice Chair
    Members of the House Ways and Means Committee
    2 West 
    Miller Senate Building
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Dear Madam Chair,


    For all sends please include the phrase "HB 390: DCDL" and/or "SB 571: DCDL" in the Subject line and include the following people in CC:


  • 01 Feb 2012 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    As in past years, the DCLA chapter is working with ALA to support the advocacy efforts of librarians on Capitol Hill.  This year, the National Legislative Library Day will be Monday, April 23.  To help get ready for the event, volunteers are needed to prepare the information packets handed out to participants on Saturday morning, April 21 as well as help with welcoming attendees and guests at the evening reception on Monday, April 23.

    The Saturday activity starts at 9am with a continental breakfast and usually last til around noon.  We need 7-8 volunteers for the activity which takes place at the ALA Washington office at 1615 New Hampshire Ave. , NW just about 3-4 blocks from the Q Street exit of Dupont Circle Metro.   The time is spent helping to prepare the packets of information used by attendees for themselves and also distributed to their respective congressional representatives.

    The Monday night event is usually from 5-7 and will be on Capitol Hill.  The event is a happy hour reception where the attendees get a chance to exchange stories about how their visits to the Hill went that day and also an opportunity for ALA to recognize various members of Congress who have been particularly supportive of libraries throughout the year.  We need 4-5 volunteers for this event to help direct members to the event and to sit at the reception table to greet folks and get the congressional staffers to sign the guest book as well as whatever else needs doing at the time.

    I encourage any students that might be able to help with either activity to volunteer as the event is a good way to learn about the advocacy efforts of ALA to support the library profession and institutions.  All DCLA members are also encouraged to participate if you are available.

    Thanks very much in advance for  your continued support  of this effort by DCLA. 

    To volunteer for either event, please contact:
    Barbara Folensbee-Moore
    Director of Library Services
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius
    1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20004
  • 09 Dec 2011 3:19 PM | Deleted user
    The DCLA Members' tour of the 30 Americans exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, originally scheduled for December 16, has been postponed. We will reschedule a date in January. 
  • 22 Nov 2011 2:01 PM | Deleted user
    Hey Librarians, Publishing Opportunity! We invite proposals for case studies to be published in a forthcoming ALA Editions book Abandon all Fear: Assessing, Evaluating and Letting Go of Legacy Services,  an edited collection of case studies examining how librarians in all types of organizations are responding and adapting to cataclysmic budgetary and programming changes. 

    Have you had to plan to abandon, change, or adapt spaces or programs in the past decade? Did you use strategies, tactics and methods that other librarians could learn from? We’re looking for case studies focusing on how libraries of all types are changing and adapting service models to let go of obsolete or less useful programs.Given the current economic climate, libraries can no longer afford to maintain the status quo. But instead of reacting in a panicked fashion to budgetary and staffing challenges, librarians can choose a measured, proactive response.  If you think you’ve found a new means of being relevant to your users, please share your story.

    While our initial proposal has three sections, we’re open to other ideas:

    Section One: Public Services Case Studies

    Section Two: Technical Services & Collections Case Studies

    Section Three: Facilities and Systems Case Studies

    We welcome proposals from librarians, library administrators, trustees, faculty or other partners both individually and as teams. The proposal should consist of an abstract of 500 words together with all author contact information. Please include in proposal the issue faced, the strategies and assessments used to examine the issue and the result. Case studies should run at least ten double-spaced pages.

    Please send proposals to editors Mary Evangeliste, owner of the consulting collaborative Fearless Future (marye [at] fearless-future [dot] com) and Katherine Furlong, Director for Access and Technical Services for the libraries of Lafayette College (furlongk [at] lafayette [dot] edu).

  • 21 Nov 2011 11:29 AM | Deleted user
    New and returning DCLA members met Wednesday, November 16 for food, drinks, and conversation at U Street's Local 16. The weather was cold and wet, but the atmosphere inside was warm and convivial. DCLA President Megan Shiels announced some of the achievements and on-going projects of this year's Board, which include identifying a new listserv for association communication, consolidating DCLA Board documents into a cloud-based management system, and uploading recent Board minutes to the DCLA website. She also announced opportunities for all members, including positions in the New Librarians Interest Group, the Management and Leadership Development Interest Group, the Webmaster position, and more. 

    Our members have many professional associations to choose from in the DC Metro area. DCLA offers you an opportunity to be actively involved at all levels. If you would like to take an active role in DCLA, contact a Board member, Committee Chair, or Interest Group chair today. We would be happy to match your talents to our needs. 
  • 20 Jun 2011 11:52 PM | Anonymous member
    The results are in and we welcome the new Board of the District of Columbia Library Association. The following members have been elected to the DCLA Board which takes their positions on July 1, 2011:

    President Elect
    : Jacqueline Protka
    Treasurer: Roman Santallian
    Membership Secretary: Rebecca Trinite
    Director (replacing Jacqueline): Karen Quash
    Director: Barbara Conaty
    Secretary: Jessica McGilvray

    Thanks to everyone that took part in the voting and we are all looking forward to an exciting new year of community and fellowship in 2011/2012.

  • 06 May 2011 10:49 PM | Anonymous member
    DCLA Newsletter Editor Tony Ross has released a new edition of the Capitol Librarian Newsletter. This is the first newsletter in over a year and it features a number of articles on recent Association activities.

    See the newest Newsletter and all of the past editions at:
  • 23 Mar 2011 11:33 AM | Anonymous member
    The District of Columbia Library Association hosted an excellent presentation and discussion this week on digital preservation and the progress that has been made over the past 10 years through the Library of Congress National Digitial Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP). Barrie Howard, a Project Management Professional working on the NDIIPP program presented a summary of the program to date and highlighted some of the innovative tools and resources that have been developed through the NDIIPP program.

    Over 30 people attended the session, hosted by DCLA-Board Member Jessica McGilvray at the ALA Washington Offices in Dupont Circle. Attendees came from a wide variety of libraries and experiences but everyone walked away with a broad understanding of the challenges of digital preservation as well as the rewards of preserving our cultural heritage. Mr. Howard talked about a number of efforts the Library of Congress has undertaken in the name of digital preservation including the establishment of standards, the development of tools, and a variety of pilot projects including archiving the entire contents of Twitter.

    This free event happened just down the street from the Computers in Libraries (CIL) Conference where 2,000 people had traveled to Washington, DC to learn from similar sessions. DCLA's program complemented the CIL event and offered the library community something we all need: a chance to learn from our peers. This event was the final event for the DCLA Emerging Technology Interest Group (ETIG) for the 2010/2011 program calendar. The ETIG was co-chaired this year by Sally Stokes and Judine Slaughter. New co-chairs are being sought for the 2011/2012 program calendar and the ETIG will begin to plan new events as early as this summer.

    The next DCLA event is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2011. The event is a workshop about creating Sister Libraries between local libraries and libraries in communities all over the globe. Registration is now open for that event as well as for the April 29 Joint Spring Workshop. This year's Joint Spring Workshop is about Strategic Planning for Libraries. For more information about upcoming DCLA events, visit the calendar at:

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