Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Aug 14

Aug 13
byronegg:

Picture Imperfect
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Something for Teaching Tolerance magazine to accompany a story about how most children’s books and libraries lack a diverse perspective. AD Valerie Downes.

byronegg:

Picture Imperfect

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Something for Teaching Tolerance magazine to accompany a story about how most children’s books and libraries lack a diverse perspective. AD Valerie Downes.


“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” Alejandro Jodorowsky (via myimaginarybrooklyn)

Aug 12

Robin Williams (1996) doing a series of comedic riffs for the opening of the new San Francisco Main Public Library.



Aug 7

Jul 31

number86:

i just remembered that now i am settled somewhere i can finally start using a library regularly again

ohmygod

Primary benefit.


elledeau:

Okay, this is like the third time I’ve said this, but seriously, you need to follow the Dept. of Interior on Instagram. This (above) is what you’re missing!

elledeau:

Okay, this is like the third time I’ve said this, but seriously, you need to follow the Dept. of Interior on Instagram. This (above) is what you’re missing!


Jul 30

Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion Surveyreleased last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level (pdf or png). 

Libraries can log on at digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014.

Read more on our blog.


Jul 29

americanlibraryassoc:

"I felt as if I would soon be transported to a magical land, able to read books that would carry me to places I was never able to go. It was a thrill. And that was the beginning of a lifelong experience of not only loving libraries, but living in libraries." - Doris Kearns Goodwin on her love of libraries