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  • 09 Nov 2015 7:16 AM | Christina Bailey (Administrator)

    DCLA is the 2015 recipient of the Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant from the DC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

    This is a one-time $500 grant to “support librarian professional development or training offered by an official library association.” Each year, a chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is chosen to present the Eastman Grant to a local library association of their choosing. DCLA is very grateful to be selected by the DC chapter of the WNBA for this honor.

    Ann Heidbreder Eastman, a past president of the Women’s National Book Association, served on ALA Council and was President of LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association of ALA) 1987-88.

    This $500 grant will be awarded to one DCLA Member to attend a library conference of their choosing in 2016. The DCLA Member must already possess a MLS/MIS degree, and have not attended the selected conference previously. Conference choice is restricted to those sponsored by ALA or its divisions (e.g. PLA, ACRL or AASL). Preference will be given to applicants who will not be receiving full conference funding from their employers.

    The deadline for the receipt of applications for the Eastman grant is Monday, November 30, 2015.  Application and instructions are available at:

  • 09 Oct 2015 11:44 AM | Victor Benitez (Administrator)

    Keep up with DCLA activities and events! The latest issue of Capital Librarian is now available! You can also view it in our archives.

  • 06 Oct 2015 2:55 PM | Christina Bailey (Administrator)

    Dear DCLA Colleagues,

    We are thrilled to announce that the national launch of ALA’s new multi-year public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, will take place in Washington, D.C. on October 29, 2015. Libraries Transform showcases the power of libraries of all types to transform people’s lives, the communities in which they serve, as well as how libraries and the profession itself are evolving to meet these needs.

    We are already working with the D.C. Public Library, the Smithsonian library and a number of other local libraries about special events on launch day, but we’re hoping that all DCLA libraries will join us in the launch. As part of the launch that day, teams will also be roving the streets of DC, passing out free coffee, swag and spreading the word about the transformational role of libraries.

    To help you celebrate the launch in your library, we would be delighted to provide those participating in the launch with a free 3’x 5’ Libraries Transform banner that can raise curiosity and engage the public in learning about how your library is transforming your community - and your user’s lives. As part of the day’s events, we are asking you to display the banner on the exterior of your library, take photos and share via social media. Many more ways to get involved, ideas on how to make the campaign work for your library and information on the campaign “Because” statements can be found at:

    If you would like to be part of the launch and receive a banner (or if you have a question), please contact Megan McFarlane at by October 9, 2015.

    We hope that you will join us in this great opportunity to raise public awareness of libraries and all we do!

    Julius C. Jefferson Jr., DCLA President

    Sari Feldman, ALA President

  • 17 Sep 2015 3:47 PM | Victor Benitez (Administrator)

    On October 29th, 2015, ALA’s new public awareness campaign, "Libraries Transform," will launch in Washington, D.C. and in libraries across the country. We need your help in making it a success! The purpose of the new campaign is to increase public awareness of the ways that libraries of all types transform people’s lives and our communities; shift perception of the library from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential; and energize library professionals and external advocates to influence local, state and national decision-makers and increase support for libraries of all types.

    Click here to see a message about the campaign from ALA President, Sari Feldman.

    Libraries Transform from Little Jacket on Vimeo.

  • 01 Sep 2015 10:13 AM | Victor Benitez (Administrator)

    Keep up with DCLA activities and events! The latest issue of Capital Librarian is now available! You can also view it in our archives.

  • 25 Aug 2015 7:31 PM | Anonymous
    New to DCLA or need to renew your membership? Take advantage of a special Back to School rate of $30! Sign up/renew at using the coupon codes BACKTOSCHOOL (for Basic Membership) and BACKTOSCHOOL2 (for Part-time/Unemployed/Retired Membership) through September 29th - the date of our Fall Member Reception!

  • 08 Aug 2015 3:39 PM | Amanda J. Wilson

    Keep up with DCLA activities and events! The latest issue of Capital Librarian is now available! You can view our archives under the News section of our website.


  • 03 Mar 2015 10:11 AM | Amanda J. Wilson

    Keep up with DCLA activities and events! The latest issue of the Capital Librarian is now available! You can view our archives under the News section of our website.

  • 23 Feb 2015 11:30 AM | Amanda J. Wilson

    Help us remain a growing thriving library organization serving the DC metro community! 

    The District of Columbia Library Association is looking for volunteers to serve a two- or three-year term on the Board, which leads our Association in providing programming, networking, scholarships, and advocacy for libraries.

    If you would like to run for one of the following positions or nominate someone else for an office (we will confirm his/her willingness to stand for election), please contact Bill Turner.

    President-Elect/Vice President

    The President-Elect/Vice President acts as the Program Chair for the Association and coordinates all events, programs, receptions, and lectures throughout the first year of their term. In the second year, this person convenes and Chairs the Board of Directors and provides leadership for the Association. In the third year, this person takes on special projects and sits on the nominating committee. The President-Elect/Vice President can draw on Interest Group Chairs and other members of the association to host and support the programming provided.


    The Secretary acts as the primary record keeper for the Association, documenting all official Board meetings, Association activities and programs, while facilitating communication between the Board and members. This person assists the Board with all activities and programming, and answers all external inquires about the Association. The Secretary also serves in the Publicity Committee, which oversees the publication of the Capital Librarian newsletter.

    Advocacy Director

    The Advocacy Director maintains the Association abreast on important information about the profession. This person communicates and leads all advocacy efforts with the help from the Board, this may include advocacy campaigns or advocacy trainings. The Advocacy Director chairs the Library Legislative Day Committee.

    Career & Leadership Development Director

    The Career & Leadership Development Director distributes job postings to the Association via the listserv and/or website. This person develops and oversees all career and leadership development programming. The Career & Leadership Director recruits and mentors Joint Spring Workshop representatives.

    To learn more about these positions, browse the About DCLA section of our site. 

  • 29 Jan 2015 2:37 PM | Victor Benitez (Administrator)

    By: Amy Lauder and Angela Forest

    Photo (from left to right): Jenise Overmier, Jennifer Manning, Christina M. Bailey, Damon Austin, Amy Lauder, Angela Forest, Faith Williams, Melissa Jackson, and Julius C, Jefferson Jr.

    Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King, Jr., with that sentiment in mind, on January 19, 2014, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service volunteers from the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) honored a commitment to serve the community at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, DC. Volunteers assisted Library Media Specialist Melissa Jackson in organizing the collection for the school’s brand new media center. This Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service was part of the #MySchoolLibrarian campaign organized by DCLA and DC Public School libraries. #MySchoolLibrarian brings together librarians, information professionals, and library supporters to help D.C. school librarians organize and catalog their collection of books and other material.

    DCLA President Christina M. Bailey said the service project evolved from American Library Association President Courtney Young’s advocacy challenge. “I thought it would be a good project to physically support and advocate for school libraries,” said Bailey, who works as an Information Research Specialist at the Congressional Research Service. “I’m a firm believer of advocating for libraries, and to advocate for them you need to work in them and know about them.”

    Melissa Jackson, Library Media Specialist at Ballou High School, directed the volunteers in organizing and re-shelving several hundred new books and other material provided to the school. Jackson said the service project was a tremendous benefit to the students of Ballou.

    “It’s great. We have enough people to organize, sort and shelve.” said Jackson.

    She noted she was glad she connected with other D.C. area librarians for help “to try and work smarter, not harder” to prepare the library and its collection for use by students and teachers.

    Jennifer Manning, Information Research Specialist for the Congressional Research Service, said she has often done service projects on the King Holiday through different organizations, so she was pleased to participate in the Ballou project organized through the efforts of the DCLA leadership and DCPS.

    Manning stated, “I hardly ever do any shelving or anything like that, so it’s nice to get back to my roots. It’s nice to do something physical.” She hopes that DCLA will make the service project an annual event. “It’s been fun, it’s been satisfying.”

    Jenise Overmier, a librarian at American University, said she came out Monday to volunteer because “In the spirit of Dr. King I think it’s important to carry out his legacy of service to the community, especially the schools.” She added that she appreciates school librarians and that they need support from others in the profession. “I think it’s a great cause,” she said. “I would love to do this next year.”

    DCLA Vice President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. stated “We hope that as a tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., librarians and folks in the community will provide service in a library in the community on Martin Luther King Jr day.”

    The Ballou project in honor of the MLK holiday is part of an ongoing campaign by DCLA in support of public education and literacy.

    In December DCLA volunteers worked with the librarian in the Whittier Education Campus in Northwest DC as part of the #MySchoolLibrarian campaign. DCLA is currently assessing the needs of individual schools in the DC Public Schools in hopes of expanding the #MySchoolLibrarian campaign in the future.

    You can follow DCLA on Twitter @DCLALibrarians or our Facebook page.

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