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Clarkston (Mich.) Independence District Library passes millage with help from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — Clarkston (Mich.) Independence District Library, a recipient of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully staved off closure by passing a millage of 1.25 for the library on Aug. 5. The millage, which was proposed but not passed in 2012, passed this time with more than 68 percent of the vote.

ALA calls for immediate passage of USA Freedom Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following statement on behalf of the American Library Association (ALA), concerning the introduction earlier today of the USA Freedom Act of 2014 by Sen. Patrick Leahy, may be attributed to Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office:

ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of its public library e-lending program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Macmillan announces that its frontlist ebooks will be available through its public library e-lending program. ALA President Courtney Young released the following statement:

Libraries support digital readiness with tech training, STEM programs, more robust online collections

Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, D.C. (view live event).

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young applauded the presidential signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

ALA brings library lens to network neutrality debate in FCC public comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the American Library Association (ALA) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the legally enforceable network neutrality rules necessary to fulfill library missions and serve communities nationwide. The ALA joined 10 other national higher education and library organizations in filing joint public comments (PDF) with the FCC.

The path to a carbon-neutral library

CHICAGO — The first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library,” published by ALA Editions, convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical.

Three groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Three groups have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. This year’s winners are Friends of the Weber County Library (Ogden, Utah), Friends of the Peoria (Ariz.) Public Library and Danville (Ill.) Library Foundation. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements.

ALA welcomes forward movement on E-rate modernization

 
 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to release the first Order as part of its E-rate modernization proceeding. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:
 

Higher education, library groups release Net Neutrality Principles

Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet. The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth.

The organizations endorsing these principles are:

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