ALA Washington Office to discuss “Political Connections: The Long Road Ahead”

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

November 11, 2009

The next installment in the series of ALA President Jim Rettig’s ALA Connections Salons will be an online discussion with Emily Sheketoff, associate executive director of ALA’s Washington Office, and Vic Klatt, ALA’s political consultant and former staff director of the House Education and Labor Committee. The discussion entitled “Political Connections: The Long Road Ahead” will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) Coordinator Tom Peters will begin the hour with an interview with Sheketoff and Klatt. Both professionals will talk about President-Elect Obama’s Administration, the new Congress and what these changes in Washington portend for libraries during a period—a year, a term and beyond—marked by extraordinary challenges.

Following the interview, participants will be free to ask questions and engage with Sheketoff, Klatt and with one another to discuss the promise and perils of a moment when, as President-Elect Obama said in his victory speech, “there’s so much more to do.”

The salon will take place in OPAL, a user-friendly site offering online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing and other functions. The link for the salon is, and a tip sheet for users is available at

Like its 17th and 18th Century European counterparts, the ALA Connections Salon offers a place for ALA members to gather and discuss professional topics of interest. Future salons will take place each month throughout Rettig’s presidency on from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Fridays as follows:


December 19 Gaming Connections


February 20 ALA Connections

March 20 Next Generation Catalog Connections

April 17 Advocacy Connections

May 15 Education and Recruitment Connections

June 19 Future Connections

For more information about ALA President Jim Rettig’s initiatives, please visit .