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Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

ALA denounces recent FCC Lifeline revocations, report retractions

WASHINGTON – On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”

ALA affirms support for NEH, NEA

WASHINGTONToday American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Google experts to introduce new coding curriculum CS First in hands-on session at 2017 Midwinter Meeting

WASHINGTON — Google education experts will provide a hands-on coding session to introduce Google’s recently released coding curriculum, CS First, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta.

“The view from Google: What’s happening in coding and computational thinking?” is a workshop that is part of ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code partnership with Google, Inc. The session will be held twice, from 1 – 2:20 p.m. and from 2:40 – 4 p.m.,  on Friday Jan. 20, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A304.

Emily Sheketoff announces retirement after more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office

After more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office, Emily Sheketoff has announced her retirement effective May 15.

During her tenure, Ms. Sheketoff has been at the forefront of issues involving libraries at the national level, such as advocating for new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, lobbying for the Library Services and Technology Act, and fighting for privacy of library patrons.

ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda

Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals as invaluable team members in setting federal policy and moving our nation forward in the digital age.

American Library Association lauds bipartisan Senate bill to renew support for libraries nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acknowledging and highlighting the critical role of libraries across the nation, the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2016 (S. 3391) was introduced today by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  

ALA salutes former president Dr. Carla Hayden on her swearing in as 14th Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Wednesday, September 14, at noon (Eastern time). The historic ceremony will be broadcast live, beginning at 11 a.m., on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Dr. Hayden is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress.

Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress

CHICAGO - Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.  

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