Spring Book Club: When Books Went to War

For the spring CoALL Book Club, we’ve selected When Books Went to War, a history of the Armed Services Editions, the books printed with funding from the government and shipped to soldiers during World War II. The American Library Association initiated a program earlier in the war to send donated books to the troops, and the War Department and a coalition of publishers continued the effort with ASEs.

When Books Went to War
The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II
By Molly Guptill Manning

Wednesday, June 1
Noon to 1 pm
Denver: If you would like to host the book club discussion, please let me know. Otherwise, we can have it at H&H.
Boulder: We can set up a conference call, if anyone there would like to coordinate location.

Coverage of When Books Went to War

New York Times Book Review

NPR Author Interview

Wall Street Journal

More on the Armed Services Editions


Library of Congress blog

Feel free to RSVP now, but I’ll send out a reminder to do so in a couple weeks. Have a great week!

Abby Lindquist, MLIS
Research Librarian
Holland & Hart LLP
555 17th Street, Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-8061

Brown Bag: Space Planning Roundtable

The next Brown Bag event will be a roundtable discussion on space planning, with a tour of the new Holland & Hart Library. Have you renovated lately? Have questions on how to weed without panicking the attorneys? Come ready to chat about the challenges and benefits of a new space.

Wednesday, April 6
Noon to 1 pm
Holland & Hart, 555 17th St. (check in with Reception on floor 32)
RSVP to amlindquist@hollandhart.com by April 5

If there’s interest in a call-in option, please just let me know, and I’ll set that up.

Hope you can make it!


Abby Lindquist, MLIS
Research Librarian
Holland & Hart LLP
555 17th Street, Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-8061

GRC Open Government Subcommittee Update

Hello advocates, a few updates for you. Happy spring!


DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairmen Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the DOJ seeking documentation to better understand the Office ofLegal Consel’s opinion-making process. The letter can be found here.


FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 15. A letter signed by AALL and other organizations in support of the bill can be found here.
–submitted by Wendy Lamar, wdlamar @ gmail.com


James Madison Award

On March 11, 2016, the American Library Association awarded Seamus Kraft, the co-founder and executive director of the OpenGov Foundation, the James Madison Award for his work advancing the public’s access to government.
The OpenGov Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting citizen participation in the legislative process through free open-source software. Their projects include the Madison Project (https://mymadison.io/), a platform enabling collaboration between lawmakers and citizens on pending legislation; and the America Decoded (http://americadecoded.org) and State Decoded (http://www.statedecoded.com/) platforms for free access to state statutes and ordinances.