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  • 02 Jul 2014 12:38 PM | Chris Corrigan
    At their meeting in Las Vegas on June 28th, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy thereby allowing libraries, to remain open during a federal government shutdown. The text of the resolution is below.


    The resolution recognizes the unnecessary burden library users and staff face due to the DC's inability to spend its own funds without authorization from Congress. There are a lot of people to thank for this, Not wanting to use their names publicly without their permission, they'll be omitted from this email. However, their hard work to make this happen is truly appreciated.



                                                              2013-2014 ALA CD#45_6/29/14_act

                                                                            2014 ALA Annual Conference

    Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown


    Whereas Congress did not pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the beginning of fiscal year 2014;


    Whereas the District of Columbia (D.C.) government had passed its budget for fiscal year 2014 but was unable to spend local tax revenue without authorization from Congress;


    Whereas D.C.’s nearly 700,000 residents would have been subject to a government shutdown if Mayor Vincent Gray had not declared all D.C. government employees to be essential and used the city’s reserve fund to pay them;


    Whereas a D.C.-government shutdown would have deprived its citizens of access to the 26 public library branches throughout the city, access to the 90 meeting and study rooms in those branches, library services to patrons with disabilities, resources from the library’s adult literacy division, and the library’s early childhood literacy campaign, and


    Whereas during October 2013, the month of the shutdown, the DC Public Library registered 2,207 children and teens for library services, served 22,875 children through programming, held classes for 1667 patrons in library space, and provided access to 35,031 people who used the library for meetings in the library’s public meeting space, now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, that the American Library Association urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.

  • 20 May 2014 6:11 PM | Anonymous


    The “USA FREEDOM Act” (H.R. 3361) is now poised for a vote by the full House of Representatives on or about Wednesday, May 21st, barely two weeks since a deal was struck by their Chairmen to spring a new version from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. As reported in District Dispatch on May 8, while the Committees’ new version of H.R. 3361 doesn’t make all of the changes in current law that ALA and other civil liberties advocates believe necessary to fully protect the American public’s privacy, it does take the important step of ending the “bulk collection” of telephone record data so sensationally disclosed in the press over the past year.

    Before reaching the House floor, however, H.R. 3361, must first be considered by the powerful Rules Committee. Sources say that it is likely to make further changes in the bill, including some that could weaken the public protections afforded by the current Judiciary/Intelligence version of the bill. As always, the Rules Committee also will decide what further amendments to the legislation undefined if any undefined will be in order when the bill reaches the floor and all other terms of the floor debate.

    Together with 32 of its library and other coalition partners, ALA wrote last week to all key House leaders and Members urging them to strengthen and clarify the Judiciary/Intelligence version of H.R. 3361 in the Rules Committee . . . and endorsing Congressional adoption of critical further privacy protections. The most sweeping of those recommendations are not likely to be accepted and included in the Rules Committee’s version of the bill that the full House will consider. The odds are good, however, that vital corrections urged by ALA and others will be made to assure that, at minimum, the USA FREEDOM Act will truly end the bulk collection of telephone data as Congress says it intends.

    NOW is the time for all ALA members, friends, supporters and privacy protectors of all kinds to contact their Representatives in the House! Use the fast and friendly tools at ALA’s Legislative Action Center to easily find your Member of Congress and to tell him or her:

    1. correct and strengthen HR 3361 as recommended by ALA and its coalition partners in their joint letter to assure that it really will end bulk telephone data collection;
    2. don’t water the bill down by weakening key protections now in the bill; and
    3. pass more legislation later this year to restore the right legal balance between guarding our liberty and our security.
  • 20 May 2014 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are currently accepting nominations for the following District of Columbia Library Association awards:

     Elizabeth W. Stone Outstanding New Leader Award

     This award made its debut last year and  honors a recent library/information school graduate who is making substantial contributions to his or her employing library or the DC area library community. Nominees should be DCLA members, have at least two years of DC area library work experience, and have earned their library/information science degree no more than 5 years ago. The inaugural award winners were Christopher Corrigan and Rebecca Trinite.


    Ainsworth Rand Spofford President’s Award

     Named for the first president of DCLA, this award recognizes outstanding, long-term contributions to the development or improvement of library and information services.  This was awarded in 2012 to Nancy Gwinn, past DCLA president and current Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and in 2013 to the Lubuto Library Project.


    Distinguished Service Award

     This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the organization by an active, current member of DCLA.  This was awarded in 2012 to April King for her activities with the DCLA Board and the Children’s and Young Adults Interest Group, and in 2013 to Barbara Conaty for her long service to the DCLA Board and the DCLA newsletter.


    Community Service Award

     Candidates for this award must have volunteered their library expertise to develop or improve a library service, program, or facility unrelated to their employment. The nominee must demonstrate a significant level of service and commitment that directly benefits the community in the greater Washington area. Preference is given to current DCLA members. This was last awarded in 2009 to Richard Huffine for his dedicated leadership of the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Libraries, and in 2013 to Abby Yochelson for her work with the Literary Hill BookFest, Everybody Wins! DC and the DCLA Financial Aid Committee.


    For full awards criteria and lists of past winners, please see . Since DCLA membership is  required for some  award categories, please also check the Membership Directory on the DCLA website.

      Please keep in mind that we do not issue awards in every category every year. 


    To nominate a worthy colleague (there are no forms to fill out!), please contact Jennifer Manning, Awards Chair, at  or 202-707-7565. Please submit nominations by Tuesday, June 3rd.

  • 02 May 2014 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion in science topics that strengthens science literacy and research skills for librarians and library students. Enjoy networking with other southeastern librarians.

    Topics: We will spend ½ day engaging with researchers in each of these fields:


    When: July 16th – 18th 2014

    Where: The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC

    There will be two scheduled times for librarian lightning talks about how science librarians are collaborating with researchers at their institutions, and a fun evening out at the Nature Research Center at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Room and board are included in our very affordable registration.

    For more information and to register, see the Science Boot Camp Southeast guide at

  • 29 Apr 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    In conjunction with National Library Legislative Day, YALSA has created an online campaign to raise awareness of the important role libraries play in helping teens succeed in school and prepare for careers.  We need your help in getting the word out about it!  We are using a platform called Thunderclap to flood Twitter and Facebook with our ‘take action to support teen literacy & libraries’ message.  The Thunderclap allows people to pledge a Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook message that is unleashed at the same time.  It’s completely safe and will automatically post exactly one message on your behalf at 11am, eastern, on May 6th. 


    Here’s the prepared message (limited to 140 characters) you can help us get out: “Fund #libraries! They give teens a brighter future by helping them succeed @ school & prep 4 careers #nlld14 

    It takes 10 seconds to join the Thunderclap so you can send out the messageundefinedhere’s how:

    •       Click on this link
    •       Choose Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr
    •       From the new screen, log into your Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr account
    •       That’s it!  You can opt to share the Thunderclap with others (please do!), or just close the box

    Please sign up for the Thunderclap by no later than 11am, eastern, on May 6th.  To learn more about easy ways you can be a part of YALSA’s efforts for National Library Legislative Day, visit


    Thanks for all that you do to help raise awareness about the important role libraries play in preparing teens for life beyond school!  Please pass this information on to library supporters that you know. 




    P.S. To learn about other ways you can support library services for teens, visit


    Beth Yoke, CAE

    Executive Director

    Young Adult Library Services Association

    50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

    1.800.545.2433 x4391

    fax: 312.280.5276


    Read our new report on the future of library services for & with teens  


  • 15 Apr 2014 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Hola Cultura posted an inteview with DCPL's new Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan today. Read more at


  • 15 Apr 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    It is not often that the Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA sponsors a Book and Author Dinner, however the topic of this event is too important not to share with the greater DC Library Community

    Book and Author Dinner

    Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

    Join the Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA for a Book and Author Dinner on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Hear Kayla Williams , former U.S. Army Sergeant  and Arabic Linguist, speak about her most recent book , “Plenty of Time When We Get Home, the story of a journey from trauma to healing  after her husband Brian McGough sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in Iraq and subsequently developed post-traumatic stress disorder.  Kayla is also the author of “Love My Rifle More Than You:   Young and Female in the U. S. Army” with Michael Staub.

    WHO'S INVITED: Friends and Colleagues of DC/SLA and other Interested Parties

    WHAT: Book and Author Dinner, featuring Kayla Williams….MLG’s first in a long time. Bring your copies of either of Kayla’s books for signing. Sorry none available at this Dinner.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking/Registration; Dinner 6:45 p.m.

    WHERE: Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro, 1118 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 , 703-566-2760

    DIRECTIONS: METRO, King St on Blue/Yellow lines, 5 blocks walk or take FREE Old Town Trolley

    REGISTRATION: Please RSVP below by Monday, May 12 NOON

    COST: $32.00 per person

    MENU SELECTION: Choice of -

    1.  Chicken Francois with lemon/butter/wine sauce with pasta

    2.  Eggplant Parmesan with pasta

    All meals served with salad, bread/butter, coffee or iced tea and baklava for dessert.

    POINT OF CONTACT: Jill Lynch -

    CLICK here to Register

    ** Attendance is limited so reserve & pay early.**

  • 09 Apr 2014 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    Registration is open for the April 24, 2014 Joint Spring Workshop!

    Leverage Your Data: In the library and information profession we are immersed in data.  How can we step back and make use of new and existing technologies to take advantage of the tremendous amount of data to move our libraries forward in the digital age?  

    See the event page for more details on keynote, panelists, and other speakers and how to register!

  • 26 Mar 2014 7:36 PM | Anonymous member
    DCLA members who are interested in the Books Behind Bars: a Discussion on the Need for Library Services at the DC Jail event on Monday, April 21st - please look over this related petition from the DC Jail Library Coalition. 

  • 20 Mar 2014 11:56 AM | Anonymous
    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) seek stories about parents and students who advocate for their school libraries. Stories shared will help AASL and OLA spread examples of parent and/or student advocacy to stakeholders nationally.

    Stories should demonstrate how students and parents value their school library program and the essential place it holds in developing lifelong learning. Stories may feature parents and students who have gone to extraordinary measures to save their school library program and their certified school librarian. Stories may also portray parents and students engaging in small acts of everyday advocacy in support of their school library program.

    Stories may be submitted on the AASL website at The deadline for submission is April 11. AASL/OLA staff may follow-up for further information. 

    The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

    ALA Units: 

    American Association of School Librarians

    Office for Library Advocacy


    Jennifer Habley

    Manager, Web Communications

    American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


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