The American Library Association is hosting 2 upcoming events on Capitol Hill in April:


On Wednesday, April 4, DCLA is hosting a celebration for the ALA Spectrum 20th Anniversary Community Champions. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship, librarians of color and allies from the DC metropolitan area are invited for food and conversation from 6-8pm at Busboys & Poets (1025 K Street NW). This informal gathering will celebrate the legacy of our professional and national diversity champions on the 50th anniversary of the passing of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to the Spectrum Scholarship, the American Library Association’s program which “affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.” You can register here.


On Friday, April 6, the Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science will host the 28th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture at 6:00 pm in room 204 of the Columbus School of Law. This year’s lecture is being given by retiring professor, Dave Shumaker on “How to Predict the Future.”


On Wednesday, April 11, ALA is hosting an event with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-3) called “Digital Fab! Libraries Advance Entrepreneurship and Innovation” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longworth House Office Building. All across America, libraries are advancing the maker economy by providing the general public access to technologies that are revolutionizing the manufacturing industry and fostering entrepreneurship. Come and get a hands-on experience with some of these tools through demonstrations by the D.C. Public Library’s Fabrication Lab, aka the Fab Lab. Demonstrations will include 3-D printers and other programs for all ages in emerging computer-enabled tech. For those in the D.C. area who are interested in attending, please RSVP here.


On Thursday, April 12, ALA is hosting a panel in partnership with Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, focusing on connectivity in tribal libraries and tribal communities. The panel, “Broadband Connectivity in Tribal and Rural Communities,” will specifically discuss Sen. Heinrich’s Tribal Connect Act of 2017 (S.2205). The panel will be introduced by Sen. Heinrich, followed by a discussion moderated by ALA Spectrum Scholar Elayne Silversmith, the branch librarian for the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library located in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Cultural Resources Center. Panelists include: Cynthia Aguilar, a librarian with Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico; Hannah Buckland, director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota; Irene Flannery, director of AMERIND Critical Infrastructure; and others to be announced. There will also be a simultaneous #critlib Twitter chat during the panel so interested folks can participate virtually. For those in the D.C. area who are interested in attending, please RSVP here.


Also on April 12, ALA will represent libraries at the #HouseOfCode Demo Day, the largest celebration of student computer science achievement on Capitol Hill. The students who participated in the Congressional App Challenge will demonstrate to lawmakers the apps they developed to win their Congressional district’s coding contest.


On Wednesday, April 18, DCLA will host a briefing: “What's New in Copyright?” at 6:00 pm at the ALA Washington Office, 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. John Saint Amour of the U.S. Copyright Office leads a briefing on current developments in copyright legislation and regulation. A longtime U.S. Copyright Office employee, Saint Amour has worked as a copyright specialist in both the Performing Arts Division and Public Information Office prior to assuming his current role in 2013. He holds degrees from George Mason University and SUNY Potsdam. This event is presented by the DC Library Association and the DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Please RSVP to [log in to unmask].


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