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NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear

 
SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
 

ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries National Library Literacy Action Agenda. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, ALA and ProLiteracy will develop an openly accessible training and a collection of resources.

American Library Association Statement of Support for “Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015"

 
Today Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) took an important step toward closing the digital divide among our nation’s K12 students. American Library Association President Courtney Young offers the following statement in support of the “Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015” introduced today:
 

ALA: FCC should expand Lifeline to include essential broadband service

 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step forward in modernizing the Lifeline program, which supports telephone service for low-income Americans. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:
 

United for Libraries to present ‘Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie’ at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie: Effective Communication with Funders & Policy Makers” from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Moscone Convention Center 2005 (W) at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):
 

United for Libraries to present free ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free workshop “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends & Foundations,” sponsored by BookPage, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Westin St. Francis Union Square (California East BR) at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

ALA calls passage of USA FREEDOM Act a “milestone”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, applauded the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the U.S. Senate:

United for Libraries to present ‘Citizens Save Libraries’ workshop at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Citizens Save Libraries: Rounding them Up and Showing Them How!” from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 26, at the Hotel Nikko, Mendocino at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

ALA urges Senate to stand for “liberty, security and justice”

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a letter (pdf) delivered today to all members of the U.S. Senate, the American Library Association (ALA) called on legislators to vote “no” on any amendment to weaken the USA FREEDOM Act. The USA FREEDOM Act would end the "bulk collection" of Americans’ library, phone and many other personal records under Section 215 (the "library provision") of the USA PATRIOT Act.
 

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