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  • 11 Oct 2016 4:08 PM | Yvonne Dooley (Administrator)
    Dear DCLA Members,

    We are off to a great start this year and have even more exciting programming down the road.  As I mentioned during our annual Awards Reception back in May, my focus will be on providing opportunities for members to connect.  Last month, we had a wonderful turnout at our Annual Fall Membership Reception at Smith Public Trust with over sixty members in attendance – thanks to everyone for coming out!  Folks were very happy with the open venue, just a short walk from the Brookland-CUA Metro station, where they could easily mix and mingle while enjoying sumptuous appetizers and drinks.  If you happened to miss the event, don’t worry – we plan to hold other get-togethers there as well, so keep an eye out for event updates.

    On September 29, we celebrated Banned Books Week with a Read Out program at the Library of Congress, presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, Young Readers Center and Freedom to Read Foundation.  I opened the program by talking a little bit about the history of banned books then participants read from some of their favorites, including the picture book I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Ellison’s Invisible Man and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.  Pamela Jackson, the new Director for Center for the Book, closed out the program.

    On Wednesday, October 19, please come out for our free program “Copyright:  Don’t Panic.”  We had a little trouble in the beginning securing a venue, so we apologize for the short notice.  However, with some quick maneuvering by our Vice President, Candice Townsend, and ALA Chapter Councilor, Emily Wagner, we now have the spacious and convenient Hannan Hall (Room 10) at Catholic University of America.  Our speaker is an expert from the Copyright Office and you definitely won’t want to miss this.  You will have an opportunity to make a direct connection with the U.S. Copyright Office and have all of your burning questions about copyright answered.  Hannan Hall can hold up to 175 people and is conveniently located between the McMahon parking lot and the Pryzbyla University Center.  Let’s pack the house and get you hooked up with the Copyright Office!  Again, the event is FREE – register today at

    On Tuesday, October 25, be sure and come out for the 3rd Annual Battle of the Librarians!  The event will be held at Hill Country BBQ located at 410 7th St NW (Chinatown or Archives Metro – Red/Green/Yellow).  Show off your trivia knowledge and have fun with colleagues as you partake in some of the best BBQ in the D.C. area.  Let’s give LLSDC (Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.) & DC/SLA (D.C. Chapter of Special Libraries Association) a run for their money and show them that DCLA is a force to be reckoned with.  This event is also FREE!  Food and beverages are available for purchase.  Register today!

    Wednesday, November 2, we have a panel discussion lined up to provide “Tips and Tricks for New Managers” at the MLK Memorial Library Dream Lab.  If you are new to management or supervision, or are hoping to be promoted, this is the program for you!  You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have related to this topic and get answers from library managers in public, school and government settings.  Light refreshments will be offered prior to the session, along with a chance to network with colleagues before hearing top advice tips from our panelists.  If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to provide input, you can reach out our Career & Leadership Director, Kimberly Knight at

    We are still in the process of finalizing other exciting opportunities, including a special tour of the National Archives and Records Administration in December!  Be sure and stay connected by checking our website at for upcoming events and joining DCLA’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

    I hope to see you at one or more of these amazing events!

    Best regards,

    Yvonne Dooley
    DCLA President

  • 03 Oct 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous

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

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  • 28 Mar 2016 1:13 PM | Christina Bailey

    Dear Colleagues,

    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. 

    Help us remain a growing thriving library organization serving the DC metro community by considering running for a position on the Board or encouraging those you think may be interested! 

    If you would like to self-nominate or nominate someone else for an open position (we will confirm his/her willingness to stand for election), please contact Christina Bailey,

    The four open positions and an overview of their duties are as follows:

    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 Treasurer is responsible for the financial affairs of the Association. The Treasurer is also responsible for informing interest groups and committees about financial procedures. In particular, the Treasurer.

    1. Receives all monies paid to the Association and makes all disbursements required for authorized bills;
    2. Keeps accurate, up-to-date accounts of receipts and disbursements and reports to the Executive Board on a monthly basis;
    3. Prepares an annual budget for Executive Board approval;
    4.  Establishes procedures for receipts and disbursements involving interest groups and committees; maintains and distributes DCLA forms for reimbursement;
    5. Maintains checking, savings, and investment accounts on behalf of the Association; prudently shifts money between accounts; advises Board when circumstances warrant consideration of shift of accounts to another institution;
    6.  Prepares an annual report of DCLA financial affairs for the Executive Board;
    7.  Collects mail from the DCLA mailbox and is responsible for payment of annual fee box rental;
    9. Maintains files on IRS tax-exempt status, D.C. Corporations Commission and other official filing, and charter/incorporation papers  

    Membership Director

    The Membership Director is responsible for maintaining the membership records and listserv for the


    In particular, the Membership Director:

    1. Maintains the members-only DCLA listserv; notifies Secretary of new members each month before publication of Capital Librarian newsletter; 
    2. Provides membership statistics through monthly reports to DCLA board using information gathered from the DCLA Membership CMS
    3. Provides information to DCLA Board such as whether a specific individual is a member;
    4. Assists in resolving problems involving individual memberships;
    5. Serves as liaison with ALA for DCLA/ALA Joint Membership Program;
    6. Recruits DCLA members to serve on Membership Committee;
    7. Works with DCLA board and Membership Committee to plan annual Fall Member Receptio and social gatherings like trivia and happy hours throughout the year.

    Systems Director

    The Systems Director is responsible for providing and maintaining updates to the DCLA website and electronic communications. In particular, the Systems Director: 

    1. Maintains the back end of the website and membership management CMS
    2. Maintains the listservs
    3. Develops tutorials and training on tech systems used for Board members
    4. Researches and advises on the best systems to facilitate Association and Board business

    ALA Council Representative

    The ALA Council Representative is responsible for representing the Association and its Executive Board within the American Library Association. The Chapter Representative is a voting member of the ALA Council and as such must exercise a considerable degree of independence, initiative, and judgment in voting and representing DCLA on the ALA Council. In particular, the Chapter Representative:

    1. Attends the twice yearly conferences of the American Library Association and specifically attends the ALA Council sessions;

    2. Represents and/or presents positions and wishes of the D. C. Library Association on ALA Council matters and issues;

    3. Reports back to the Executive Board and the membership the decisions made by the ALA Council and its areas of concern;

    4. Reports regularly to the ALA Chapter Council Office the issues, programs, and activities taking place in the Association;

    5. Promotes both ALA activities and services in the Washington area.

    To learn more about these positions, browse


    2016 DCLA Nominating Committee

    Christina Miracle Bailey, Chair

  • 06 Mar 2016 8:57 PM | Anonymous

    By Paul J. Kelly, Digital Archivist, Catholic University of America Library

    I was the recipient of the 2015 Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant, and used the funds to attend ALA’s Midwinter Meeting from January 8 to January 12 in Boston, MA. What follows is a summary of my experiences at the conference.

    Report: ALA Midwinter Meeting – Boston, MA, January 2016

  • 01 Feb 2016 10:21 AM | Anonymous

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

  • 09 Nov 2015 7:16 AM | Christina Bailey

    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 | Anonymous

    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

    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

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