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  • 01 Oct 2013 11:31 AM | Deleted user

    The kick-off for the year will be the Harwood Public Innovators Lab, a three-day immersion in the Harwood practice.  Following the workshop, library teams will receive one year of scheduled coaching support by a Harwood certified coach and six webinars that will support and reinforce the learning from the Lab.  The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is a highly focused three-day learning experience that grounds participants in turning outward.  Turning outward is an effort that can be learned, and results in authentically engaging communities in real and lasting change.

  • 07 Sep 2013 11:25 PM | Deleted user
    From: Shumaker, David E. <>
    Date: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM
    Subject: Reminder: 6th Annual Symposium Call for Proposals Now Open!
    To: "" <>
    Cc: "Chancellor, Renate" <>, "Kim, Sung Un" <>



    The Catholic University Library and Information Science Symposium Committee would like to renew our Call for Proposals for the 6th Annual "Bridging the Spectrum" Symposium, coming up Jan. 31, 2014.


    We seek proposals for poster presentations, briefings, and panel discussions encompassing research discoveries and practical innovations from all sectors of librarianship and the information professions. Students, faculty, and working professionals are all encouraged to submit proposals.


    This is the DC area’s premier professional sharing opportunity for information professionals in all sectors. Be a part of it! For details on the Symposium and the Call for Proposals, see the LIS website at . 


    To submit your proposal, go to . Remember, the deadline is Sept. 13.


    -- The CUA LIS Symposium Committee (Dr. Renate Chancellor, Dr. Sung Un Kim, David Shumaker)



  • 03 Sep 2013 4:57 PM | Deleted user

    DCLA Members are welcome to reciprocal member registration at the VLA Conference.

    The Virginia Library Association Annual Conference,  "A Universe of Knowledge in One Small Space," will be held SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Williamsburg. Registration for the conference is now open. Please click here to register online*. Register before September 10 to avoid a $25 late fee.

    For a complete schedule of the conference, please see our 2013 VLA Preliminary Conference Program.

    • Registration rate for VLA and DCLA members for the full conference is $130.00; non-members are $195.00.
    • Full conference registration for Students, Trustees and Friends is $65.
    • Single-day pricing is $100 for VLA and dCLA members, $130 for non-members, and $55 for Students, Trustees and Friends.

    VLA has reserved a block of rooms (at a discounted rate of $119 plus takes and fees) at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton. On their website or by phone, please use the group code VLA to receive the discount. The DoubleTree website is: and their phone number is: 1-757-220-2500

    Questions? Please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa Varga,

    We are looking forward to seeing you in September!

    Posted on behalf of:
    The 2013 VLA Conference Committee, including VLA President Lisa Lee Broughman, and Conference Co-Chairs Megan Hodge and Rebecca K. Miller
  • 01 Aug 2013 3:50 PM | Deleted user
    The DCLA Board has modified the DCLA listserv to better serve the membership.

    The new listserv will allow posts with larger amounts of data, including pictures and attachments.  

    Postings for the new listserv should be sent to  

  • 15 Jul 2013 2:00 PM | Deleted user
    ALA Library Tour to Costa Rica (Nov 30 to Dec 7)

    Register by the end of August to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed library and information services delegation to Costa Rica.

    Led by Dr. Camila Alire, the tour will provide you an opportunity to visit multiple libraries and engage in knowledge sharing with colleagues in Costa Rica. In addition you will experience the culture and scenery of one of the world’s top destinations.

    Learn how you can join at
  • 12 Jul 2013 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    ALA today launched “ALA Liberty,” a new website that contains tools libraries can use to host public forums that help Americans understand their privacy rights.

    The ALA Washington Office wants to hear feedback from members and non-members: Toolkits, templates, trainings and technical assistance aren’t helpful if they aren’t targeted toward specific interests and needs. ALA want to know about the policy and funding issues that interest you, any barriers you may face and the tactics and strategies you believe would be most effective in helping you move forward. To help understand all this better, please complete this short survey.

  • 24 Jun 2013 4:06 PM | Deleted user

    The results of the 2013 DCLA Board elections are in! Your new DCLA Board is set to continue the advances made by the 2012-2013 Board and keep DCLA moving forward!

    Duties and contact information of current board members are available on the DCLA Board of Directors page at

    DCLA has been developing leaders since 1994 and there is a place for your in our organization! Please feel free to reach out to any of the Board members to get involved, share ideas, or just to learn more.

    Here's to a great 2013-2014 year!

  • 11 Jun 2013 2:49 PM | Deleted user

    Time is running out: Sign this White House petition to ensure the right to read for the visually impaired.


    Next week the World Intellectual Property Organization will meet to negotiate an international treaty for the blind. Big companies like Exxon, GE, and Caterpillar have been working hard to restrict accessible book formats from the blind.


    Making reading materials more available to the blind will not negatively impact these companies whatsoever, and yet they fight against the right to read. Please sign the petition today and urge the Obama Administration to support the right to read.


    Here’s how to sign the petition.

    1. You must have account to sign the petition but it is very easy to obtain one.
    2. Simply click the ‘Create An Account” button. You will be asked your name and email.
    3. Upon entering that information, you will receive an email from with a link back to the petition.

    Once you click that link, your account will be verified and you can sign the petition.

  • 10 Jun 2013 4:51 PM | Deleted user

    Four impressive librarians, and one impressive organization, received awards on May 23 at the DCLA Annual Banquet. Thanks to all of you who nominated a worthy colleague, and start thinking about nominations for next year!  -- The DCLA Awards Committee (Jennifer Manning, Kathryn Ray, Barbara Conaty, Betty Landesman)

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford President’s Award: Lubuto Library Project

    Based in D.C., the award winning, innovative Lubuto Library Project provides the vulnerable children of Africa with high quality libraries and educational and social services. Under the inspired leadership of librarian Jane Kinney Meyers, the Project brings books and hope to the street children of Zambia, and serves as a model to the D.C. international aid community as how to appropriately assist libraries abroad. Many D.C. area librarians have benefitted professionally and personally through volunteering with the Project

    In Bemba, “Lubuto” means knowledge, enlightenment, and light. Visit the Project’s website at

    About the Award

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1825-1908) was the sixth Librarian of Congress and the first President of DCLA. Spofford transformed the Library of Congress from a small reference library that served the U.S. Congress into a national institution serving the American public.

    The Ainsworth Rand Spofford President’s Award recognizes contributions to the development or improvement of library and information services as evidenced by outstanding achievements in leadership, advocacy, outreach, or the creative application of technology.

    Distinguished Service Award: Barbara Conaty

    Barbara Conaty has long been an active member of DCLA and currently serves as a Director. This year Barbara re-affirmed a longstanding relationship between DCLA and the Maryland Library Association, and negotiated a new agreement between DCLA and the Virginia Library Association, allowing DCLA members reciprocal registration at MLA and VLA conferences and other events. Barbara is most celebrated for her many years as the creative and inspiring editor of the DCLA newsletterundefinedfirst called the Intercom, and later called Capitol Librarian.

    Barbara recently retired from a distinguished, and well-travelled, federal career with the Department of State and the Library of Congress.

    About the Award

    The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions of leadership and participation in the District of Columbia Library Association.

    Elizabeth W. Stone Outstanding New Leader Award: 
    Christopher J. Corrigan and Rebecca Trinite

    Christopher Corrigan, Digital Reference Librarian with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), and until recently Adaptive Technology Instructor at DC Public Library, was nominated for “his work supporting the programming and presence of DCLA”. He has organized programs for DCLA and ALA, is working to redesign the DCLA website, and works with classes at Catholic University. He is a recent graduate of Catholic University of America’s School of Library and Information Science (CUA SLIS), and is Vice President/President-Elect of the CUA SILS Alumni Board. Chris is also incoming Director for Special Populations with ALA’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

    Rebecca Trinite, Internet Architecture Librarian at ASRC Management Services, is a recent graduate of University of Maryland’s iSchool.  Since joining the Board of DCLA two years ago, Rebecca has served the various roles of Membership Secretary, Chair of the Membership Committee, Webmaster, and all-around indispensable IT guru. Stepping into the role of Systems Director this year, Rebecca has tirelessly worked to streamline and improve the behind-the-scenes technology that supports the Association, including working to redesign the website, migrate the listserv and domain registration, and archive the former listserv.

    About the Award

    Debuting this year, this award honors a recent library/information school graduate who is making substantial contributions to his or her employing library or the DC area library community.  Honorees should have earned their library/information science degree no more than five years ago. This award is named in honor for former DCLA President and Catholic University Library School Dean Elizabeth W. Stone.

    Community Service Award: Abby Yochelson

    Abby Yochelson of the Library of Congress has chaired the DCLA Financial Aid Committee and has served as President of the Library of Congress Professional Association.  In her Capitol Hill community, she is a school literacy volunteer with Everybody Wins!DC, and has enthusiastically recruited over 60 colleagues to the program. She also serves as the volunteer coordinator for the increasingly popular Literary Hill BookFest.

    About the Award

    This award honors those who volunteer their library expertise to develop or improve library or literacy services, programs or facilities unrelated to their employment.

  • 04 Jun 2013 5:49 PM | Deleted user

    The Nominating Committee is pleased to open the voting for this year's Election cycle. Please visit this link to read bios of all of the candidates and to make your decision! Voting will be open until Monday, June 10.

    Thank you!

    Megan Sheils, Bill Turner, April King

    DCLA Nominating Committee

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