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District Dispatch: The Official ALA Washington Office Blog

District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association's Washington Office.

This blog post, written by Lori Baux of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, is one in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just…

The post Tax season is here: How libraries can help communities prepare appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Shawnda Hines
Posted: January 12, 2018, 2:52 pm

2017 was an extraordinary year for America’s libraries. When faced with serious threats to federal library funding, ALA members and library advocates rallied in unprecedented numbers to voice their support for libraries at strategic points throughout the year*. Tens of thousands of phone calls and emails to Congress were registered…

The post ALA to Congress in 2018: Continue to #FundLibraries appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Kathi Kromer
Posted: January 11, 2018, 3:10 pm

Those interesting in participating in National Library Legislative Day 2018 take note – nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 WHCLIST award. The award, sponsored by the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office, is open to non-librarian, first time participants…

The post 2018 WHCLIST award accepting nominations appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Lisa Lindle
Posted: January 10, 2018, 2:30 pm

This blog post, written by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CEO Keith Krueger, is first in a series of occasional posts contributed by leaders from coalition partners and other public interest groups that ALA’s Washington Office works closely with. Whatever the policy – copyright, education, technology, to name just a…

The post Improving Digital Equity: The civil rights priority libraries and school technology leaders share appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Shawnda Hines
Posted: January 8, 2018, 6:46 pm

At the end of last week, the FCC released the final order to roll back 2015’s Net Neutrality rules. The 539-page order has few changes from the draft first circulated in November and voted on along party lines by the Republican-controlled commission on December 14. ALA is working with allies…

The post Full Text of FCC’s order rolling back Net Neutrality released appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Ellen Satterwhite
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:14 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/