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  • 13 Aug 2014 1:29 PM | Julius C. Jefferson Jr. (Administrator)

    DCLA is pleased to host speaker Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, at 6:30pm on October 9, 2014, in the Petworth Library's Meeting Room. The topic of the presentation will be "Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn't? A Special Typology."

    Lee Rainie, former managing editor of the U.S. News and World Report and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is an expert on the evolution of the internet as a tool for communication and the resulting impact on families, communities, education and civic and political life. 

    For more information about the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project, please visit http://www.pewinternet.org/. For more information about topics Lee Rainie has spoken on in the past and to learn more about ongoing research projects, you can find him on Twitter, Reddit and read his blog.

    To register for this event, please register on the Events page. Scroll down to find the event titled "Presentation by Lee Rainie." Attendance is free and registration is open to members and the public.

    DCLA is pleased to host speaker Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Event details (time and place) will be finalized shortly. 

    Lee Rainie, former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is an expert on the evolution of the internet and the resulting impact on families, communities, education and civic and political life.

    For more information about the Pew Research Center Internet Project, please visit http://www.pewinternet.org/. For more information about topics Lee Rainie has spoken on in the past and to learn more about ongoing research projects, you can find him on twitter @lrainie, Reddit and read his blog.

    DCLA is pleased to host speaker Lee Rainie, the Director of the

    Pew Research Center 's Internet and American Life Project, on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Event details (time and place) will be finalized shortly. 

     

    Lee Rainie, former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is an expert on the evolution of the internet and the resulting impact on families, communities, education and civic and political life.

     

    For more information about the Pew Research Center Internet Project, please visit http://www.pewinternet.org/. For more information about topics Lee Rainie has spoken on in the past and to learn more about ongoing research projects, you can find him on twitter @lrainie, Reddit and read his blog.

  • 03 Aug 2014 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    Read the full transcript of Dr. James Billington's, Librarian of Congress, address at DCLA's 120th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony Banquet on June 20th, 2014.

    Download it here: 2014_Annual_Banquet_Speech.pdf

    To learn more about Dr. Billington, click here.

  • 03 Aug 2014 9:36 PM | Anonymous

    The attached report is a summary of actions and reports of the 2014 ALA Annual Council Sessions. All council documents, when applicable, are presented in their numerical order. The reports from ALA offices and committees summarized are the reports which were presented to the Council by their representative. Reports not presented in Council session, along with procedural documents, tributes, and honorary resolutions are not referred to in this report but may be viewed from the ALA Council Documents webpage through the following link: Council Documents.

    All Council documents in this report are accessible through links in the section headings.

    Resolutions are presented in their official title (with the exception of CD 18, the resolution for ALA to be a signatory to the Lyon Declaration, as no official title was given), their Council Document number (CD Number), and the action taken by the council–whether or not the resolution passed or failed. Beneath the headings are the only the resolved clauses of the resolutions. For the full text of the resolution click on the CD number. If necessary, there is additional information about the resolution beneath the resolved clause. However, in many cases, the resolved clauses are self-explanatory and no synopsis is given.

    Reports of the committees are listed by their titles with a link to the full report and then summarized beneath their headings.

    In addition to the resolutions, reports, and actions summarized in this report, there is also information regarding elections to the ALA Committee on Committees and Planning and Budget Assembly, as well as final conference attendance.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Christopher J. Corrigan, DCLA Chapter Councilor (2014-2016) American Library Association

    Download the report here: DCLA_Councilor_Report_ALAAC14.pdf.

  • 30 Jul 2014 10:09 AM | Jacqueline Protka (Administrator)

    FTRF to award two scholarships for "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship" LIS course

    http://www.ftrf.org/news/184122/FTRF-to-award-two-scholarships-for-Intellectual-Freedom-and-Censorship-LIS-course.htm

    The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will provide two scholarships to interested Library & Information Science (LIS) students for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” a two-credit online course taking place August 26–October 10, 2014.  The course is provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) in conjunction with FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Fund Intellectual Freedom Education Project.

    The scholarships are open to anyone currently enrolled in an LIS program other than the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS. Interested students are asked to fill out a short application, including a 200-word essay describing their interest in taking the course.  Course lectures will be synchronous, and students must be available on Tuesdays from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Central Time.  For technical requirements associated with the course, please visit http://groups.lis.illinois.edu/itdweb/bbcollaborate/started.php.

    Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course.  Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution.

    Applications are open through Monday, August 4 and the winners will be announced on Thursday, August 7.  To apply, and more information about the course and FTRF’s Krug Fund Intellectual Freedom Education Project, please visit http://www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education or contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org or (312) 280-4226

  • 29 Jul 2014 4:01 PM | Jacqueline Protka (Administrator)

    The results are in! Congratulations to the following new members of the DCLA Board who will serve 2014-2016, with the exception of the Vice-President/President-Elect who will serve a 3 year term.

    • Vice-President/President-Elect: Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Congressional Research Service
    • Treasurer: TaChalla Ferris, DC Public Library
    • Membership Secretary: Barbara (Bobbie) Dougherty, DC Public Library
    • Director, Systems: Jamilla Coleman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    The Nominations and Elections Committee thanks everyone who ran for a position. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board, it is never too early to submit a nomination for the coming year. Next year we will be filling the positions of Vice-President/President-Elect; Secretary; Director, Career & Leadership Development; and Director, Advocacy. Attend an open board meeting throughout the year to learn more about the leadership of the association. You can also get involved by joining a committee, or forming an interest group.

  • 10 Jul 2014 11:02 AM | Jacqueline Protka (Administrator)

    The Nominating & Elections Committee is pleased to open the voting for this year's Board Election cycle. Candidate bios and the ballot are available in the Member Resources section of the site. Voting will be open until Friday, July 25.

    http://www.dcla.org/2014-Board-Elections

    Thank you!

    Jacqueline Protka, Bill Turner, April King, Richard Huffine

    DCLA Nominating & Elections Committee

  • 02 Jul 2014 12:38 PM | Chris Corrigan (Administrator)
    At their meeting in Las Vegas on June 28th, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy thereby allowing libraries, to remain open during a federal government shutdown. The text of the resolution is below.

     

    The resolution recognizes the unnecessary burden library users and staff face due to the DC's inability to spend its own funds without authorization from Congress. There are a lot of people to thank for this, Not wanting to use their names publicly without their permission, they'll be omitted from this email. However, their hard work to make this happen is truly appreciated.

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                                                              2013-2014 ALA CD#45_6/29/14_act

                                                                            2014 ALA Annual Conference

    Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown

     

    Whereas Congress did not pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the beginning of fiscal year 2014;

     

    Whereas the District of Columbia (D.C.) government had passed its budget for fiscal year 2014 but was unable to spend local tax revenue without authorization from Congress;

     

    Whereas D.C.’s nearly 700,000 residents would have been subject to a government shutdown if Mayor Vincent Gray had not declared all D.C. government employees to be essential and used the city’s reserve fund to pay them;

     

    Whereas a D.C.-government shutdown would have deprived its citizens of access to the 26 public library branches throughout the city, access to the 90 meeting and study rooms in those branches, library services to patrons with disabilities, resources from the library’s adult literacy division, and the library’s early childhood literacy campaign, and

     

    Whereas during October 2013, the month of the shutdown, the DC Public Library registered 2,207 children and teens for library services, served 22,875 children through programming, held classes for 1667 patrons in library space, and provided access to 35,031 people who used the library for meetings in the library’s public meeting space, now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, that the American Library Association urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.

  • 20 May 2014 6:11 PM | Amanda J. Wilson (Administrator)

     

    The “USA FREEDOM Act” (H.R. 3361) is now poised for a vote by the full House of Representatives on or about Wednesday, May 21st, barely two weeks since a deal was struck by their Chairmen to spring a new version from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. As reported in District Dispatch on May 8, while the Committees’ new version of H.R. 3361 doesn’t make all of the changes in current law that ALA and other civil liberties advocates believe necessary to fully protect the American public’s privacy, it does take the important step of ending the “bulk collection” of telephone record data so sensationally disclosed in the press over the past year.

    Before reaching the House floor, however, H.R. 3361, must first be considered by the powerful Rules Committee. Sources say that it is likely to make further changes in the bill, including some that could weaken the public protections afforded by the current Judiciary/Intelligence version of the bill. As always, the Rules Committee also will decide what further amendments to the legislation undefined if any undefined will be in order when the bill reaches the floor and all other terms of the floor debate.

    Together with 32 of its library and other coalition partners, ALA wrote last week to all key House leaders and Members urging them to strengthen and clarify the Judiciary/Intelligence version of H.R. 3361 in the Rules Committee . . . and endorsing Congressional adoption of critical further privacy protections. The most sweeping of those recommendations are not likely to be accepted and included in the Rules Committee’s version of the bill that the full House will consider. The odds are good, however, that vital corrections urged by ALA and others will be made to assure that, at minimum, the USA FREEDOM Act will truly end the bulk collection of telephone data as Congress says it intends.

    NOW is the time for all ALA members, friends, supporters and privacy protectors of all kinds to contact their Representatives in the House! Use the fast and friendly tools at ALA’s Legislative Action Center to easily find your Member of Congress and to tell him or her:

    1. correct and strengthen HR 3361 as recommended by ALA and its coalition partners in their joint letter to assure that it really will end bulk telephone data collection;
    2. don’t water the bill down by weakening key protections now in the bill; and
    3. pass more legislation later this year to restore the right legal balance between guarding our liberty and our security.
  • 20 May 2014 5:58 PM | Amanda J. Wilson (Administrator)

    We are currently accepting nominations for the following District of Columbia Library Association awards:

     Elizabeth W. Stone Outstanding New Leader Award

     This award made its debut last year and  honors a recent library/information school graduate who is making substantial contributions to his or her employing library or the DC area library community. Nominees should be DCLA members, have at least two years of DC area library work experience, and have earned their library/information science degree no more than 5 years ago. The inaugural award winners were Christopher Corrigan and Rebecca Trinite.

     

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford President’s Award

     Named for the first president of DCLA, this award recognizes outstanding, long-term contributions to the development or improvement of library and information services.  This was awarded in 2012 to Nancy Gwinn, past DCLA president and current Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and in 2013 to the Lubuto Library Project.

     

    Distinguished Service Award

     This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the organization by an active, current member of DCLA.  This was awarded in 2012 to April King for her activities with the DCLA Board and the Children’s and Young Adults Interest Group, and in 2013 to Barbara Conaty for her long service to the DCLA Board and the DCLA newsletter.

     

    Community Service Award

     Candidates for this award must have volunteered their library expertise to develop or improve a library service, program, or facility unrelated to their employment. The nominee must demonstrate a significant level of service and commitment that directly benefits the community in the greater Washington area. Preference is given to current DCLA members. This was last awarded in 2009 to Richard Huffine for his dedicated leadership of the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Libraries, and in 2013 to Abby Yochelson for her work with the Literary Hill BookFest, Everybody Wins! DC and the DCLA Financial Aid Committee.

      

    For full awards criteria and lists of past winners, please see http://www.dcla.org/awards . Since DCLA membership is  required for some  award categories, please also check the Membership Directory on the DCLA website.

      Please keep in mind that we do not issue awards in every category every year. 

     

    To nominate a worthy colleague (there are no forms to fill out!), please contact Jennifer Manning, Awards Chair, at jmanning@crs.loc.gov  or 202-707-7565. Please submit nominations by Tuesday, June 3rd.

  • 02 May 2014 11:54 AM | Amanda J. Wilson (Administrator)

    Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion in science topics that strengthens science literacy and research skills for librarians and library students. Enjoy networking with other southeastern librarians.

    Topics: We will spend ½ day engaging with researchers in each of these fields:

    • ALTERNATIVE/SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
    • DATA SHARING
    • DATA VISUALIZATION
    • CLIMATE CHANGE 

    When: July 16th – 18th 2014

    Where: The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC

    There will be two scheduled times for librarian lightning talks about how science librarians are collaborating with researchers at their institutions, and a fun evening out at the Nature Research Center at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Room and board are included in our very affordable registration.

    For more information and to register, see the Science Boot Camp Southeast guide at http://guides.ucf.edu/sciencebootcampSE

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