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PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: ALA to discuss new directions for digital content at Annual Conference

 
LAS VEGAS—The ebooks conference session “ALA and Moving Ahead with Digital Content” will now take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255/257. Previously, the session was set to take place at 1:00 p.m.
 

ALA applauds Simon & Schuster nationwide expansion of library ebook lending

WASHINGTON—On the first day of its 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomes news (pdf) from Simon & Schuster that it will convert its pilot library ebook lending program to serve all U.S. libraries. ALA President Barbara Stripling released the following statement:

American Library Association applauds ruling in two civil liberties cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fourth Amendment when they ruled in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie that officers of the law must obtain warrants before they can search the cellphones of arrestees. In response to the victorious court decision, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement:

Free American Libraries Live broadcast discusses 'Going Beyond Google'

CHICAGO — Why do we need librarians when we have Google and other search tools? This frequent question deserves a thoughtful answer, and in the next broadcast of American Libraries Live an authoritative panel will talk about librarians’ value as experts and how to effectively convey it to the public.  Please tune in Thursday, at 2 p.m. Eastern on June 12 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.

ALA President Barbara Stripling to host final episode of Libraries Change Lives webinar series

Community Engagement through the Declaration for the Right to Libraries:  Free webinar moderated by ALA President Barbara Stripling

House-passed USA FREEDOM Act fails to fully protect Americans' privacy

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) in the House of Representatives, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:

Library, privacy leaders to discuss surveillance at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for library users? Learn about the ways that personal information and Internet access is managed by the government at “Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance,” a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The program will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N243.

Grassroots advocacy expert to address 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Looking for ways to engage your friends and trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundations to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever, libraries need advocacy on every level, especially from their friends, trustees, advocates and foundations.

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

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie: Effective Communication with Funders & Policy Makers” from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference.

Learn from the experts about how to get to know, communicate with and influence those who approve your library's budget. Even in tough times, there are strategies to get you more. Enjoy a free piece of pie while you learn how about “getting a bigger piece of the pie.”

ALA prepares to help protect the Open Internet

Washington, D.C.—Today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re-opens one of the most important rulemakings to affect America’s internet users and the libraries that support free public access and communities of researchers and learners. American Library Association (ALA) Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement in the wake of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Open Internet:

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