“A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.”—The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne (via seattlebooks)
Join ALA and our new President, Courtney Young, for a Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 29th, from 6-7pm CDT. We’ll discuss what it’s like to be ALA President, what kinds of things Courtney has been doing since her inauguration on July 1st, and what she’ll be concentrating on during her yearlong presidency. To suggest and vote on questions ahead of time, go to http://bit.ly/julychatwithcourtney.
This is your chance to find out what it’s like to be the President of the most awesome association in the world. Join us on the hashtag #ALAchat on Twitter to be part of the conversation.
You can follow Courtney on Twitter at @librarycourtney and ALA at @ALAlibrary.
“Today America, libraries and the people who come to us for assistance have cause for renewed optimism. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recognizes that libraries are often the first places Americans seek when they need job training or job search assistance. We’re proud of what libraries have accomplished with meager resources over the last several years. Now, with the support of this legislation, we look forward to a brighter future for the American workforce libraries have served for more than a century.”—
The enduring legacy of J Dilla has been further reinforced today with news that the pioneering hip-hop producer’s MPC and Moog synthesizer (one specifically made by Robert Moog for the beatmaker) will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
The ALA Washington is getting word from the Hill that a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funding to the Federal E-rate programs has been withdrawn.
Sources in the House Democratic Leadership tell ALA that the majority chose not to proceed with the amendment due to widespread opposition from the library and school community.
E-rate funding helps ensure that libraries provide job seekers, students of every sort and community members with the internet access they need to find jobs and gain access to information.
On a conference call with House Democratic Leadership we learned about a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funds to the Federal E-rate program. We expect a possible amendment to be voted on the House floor sometime within the next 24-36 hours.
The FCC will vote Friday on a plan to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounts to schools and libraries for Internet access and telecommunications.
Wi-Fi doesn’t work without adequate broadband to support it, and there is more work to be done to further improve and strengthen the E-rate program for more productive years ahead. But to further delay action will shortchange our nation’s public libraries and the communities they serve.
Plus a few things we’re likely to know about this latest E-rate order on Friday
We believe that the time to act is now so that changes made today in Washington, D.C., can take hold immediately in communities across the country… While our diverse organizations may differ on some of the details on the best path forward for program improvements, we are in agreement that to delay this important first step will shortchange our nation’s public libraries and the communities they serve.
Not only does the joint letter urge the Commission to move forward, it lays the groundwork for further strong library engagement in what is likely to be a continued reform process.
On July 11, a big e-rate vote is coming related to how to distribute the $5 billion at stake, and librarians are speaking up. With the FCC proposal suggesting that library funding be determined by square footage, librarians across the country have raised arms and posted letters to the FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to protest.
Do you like libraries? Enough to call your elected rep.?
Please contact your United States Representative TODAY at 202-224-3121 and urge her/him to support the passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Senate recently passed this bill with a bipartisan vote of 95-3. Your help is crucial to ensure that the House does the same thing.
H.R. 803 would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and has the following provisions supporting public libraries:
Title I – Workforce Development Activities
Allows public libraries to be considered additional One-Stop partners. Meaning that Libraries will now have access to federal funding for job training and job search programs.
Functions of the State and Local Workforce Development Board. State and Local Workforce Boards must include plans to improve digital literacy skills at One-Stop delivery systems.
Prohibits federal supervision or control over selection of library resources.
Allowable Statewide Employment and Training Activities. Authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity.
Title II – Adult Education and Literacy
Definition of Workforce Preparation Activities. Includes a definition of “workforce preparation activities” that specifically includes digital literacy skills.
H.R. 803 could be a huge victory for libraries and your call could get this legislation to the President’s desk. Your participation can make all the difference. Please call today!
imagine a dragon who hoarded librarians and every so often knights come to rescue them and the librarians get very upset because the dragon is quiet and reshelves everything neatly and the knights are Very Annoying
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
Calling all librarians, educators, civic leaders, or members of the public who are interested in your local public library’s role in your community:
We have new quiz tool that allows you to create your own version of our library user quiz and invite members of your community to take it. You can learn how your community’s members use their local public library, how they think about their library’s impact on the community, and how they view the importance of libraries in the digital age.