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District Dispatch: The Official ALA Washington Office Blog

District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

Yesterday, the Senate “Dear Appropriator” campaign came to a close, ending over two months of intense advocacy work by library supporters all over the country. Both letters, one supporting the Library and Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other supporting the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, have been delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee ...

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Author: Kevin Maher
Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:39 pm

On Tuesday, the President released his FY 2018 Budget submission to Congress and it is as bad as we had feared. The “safety net” would be greatly reduced under this budget as many programs that allow Americans to improve their education and career opportunities – often through libraries – would be dramatically reduced or, in ...

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Author: Kevin Maher
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:56 pm

This morning, ALA issued a statement about the budget proposal released today. You can read it on ALA.org or below. WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement: “The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it ...

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Author: Julie Todaro
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:58 pm

Some opponents of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order claim the order created a regulatory environment that kept Internet Service Providers from investing and building better broadband. Today, the Internet Association (IA)’s Chief Economist responded, finding that ISPs continue to invest and innovate at similar or greater levels in the current regulatory environment, including after ...

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Author: Ellen Satterwhite
Posted: May 17, 2017, 8:07 pm

ALA’s Office of Information and Technology Policy is pleased to support the University of Maryland’s iSchool YX Graduate Certificate program as part of its Youth & Technology portfolio. We will be working closely with the YX partners to explore how the participating students’ work can augment our Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative. Dr. Mega ...

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Author: Marijke Visser
Posted: May 15, 2017, 7:32 pm

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More Legislative Links

ACRL Legislation and Policy, http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch

ACRL Legislative Agenda 2012, http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/12agenda

ALA Washington Office, http://www.ala.org/offices/wo

Oklahoma Legislature, http://newlsb.lsb.state.ok.us/