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FCC E-rate action expands broadband opportunities for libraries

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a landmark E-rate modernization order that addresses the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:

ALA welcomes Simon & Schuster change to Buy It Now program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) today welcomes Simon & Schuster’s announcement that it will allow libraries to opt into the “Buy It Now” program.

Libraries to fight for surveillance law reform in next Congress; warn 'PATRIOT Act protectionists' of 'political peril'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s failure last night to bring the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would have improved the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection, to the Senate floor for debate and an eventual up or down vote:

ALA applauds strong finish to the E-rate proceeding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler held a press call to preview the draft E-rate order that will be circulated at the Commission later this week. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:

America’s libraries to push for passage of USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Sari Feldman released the following statement responding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) action to advance the USA Freedom Act, a bill that will improve the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection:

ALA and ACRL respond to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible "fair use" of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although publishers sought to bar the uncompensated excerpting of copyrighted material for "e-reserves," the court rejected all such arguments and provided new guidance in the Eleventh Circuit for how "fair use" determinations by educators and librarians should best be made.

United for Libraries celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 19-25

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries is coordinating the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.

Friends of the library groups all over the country are celebrating by promoting the group in the community, hosting special events, raising awareness and hosting membership drives. The week also gives libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

ALA, Depts. of Ed. and Labor to Host Webinar on Workforce Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On October 27, 2014, the American Library Association (ALA) will host "$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA," an interactive webinar that will explore ways that public and community college libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The no-cost webinar, which includes speakers from the U.S.

ALA calls on Dept. of Ed. to include public libraries in early learning intervention model

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) urged the Department of Education in a letter (pdf) today to include public libraries as early learning partners in the Proposed Requirements for School Improvement Grants (SIG).

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