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Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition

                                 U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if  passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years that will provide access to funding for the enhancement of school library services and resources. 

AASL, ALA applaud the addition of school libraries to Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO - Today House and Senate negotiators released the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report.  The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after.

In response to today’s announcement, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Leslie Preddy and American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement:

LCA pleased Librarian of Congress expands film clip exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) welcomes today’s decision issued by the Librarian of Congress to broaden the exemption for the use of film clip excerpts, including extending the exemption permitting creation of film clip compilations for educational purposes to K-12 students and extending the exemption for use in media courses to include Blu-ray discs.

ALA to launch Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.

As part of the national launch, Feldman will tour a variety of libraries in Washington, D.C. to view the power of libraries in action and to gather best practices that will be shared with the library profession and the public at large.

ALA, COSLA help libraries LEAP ahead and increase broadband capacity

Washington, D.C. – The launch of a new phase of the federally-funded E-rate reform program aimed at improving broadband capacity to serve community education and learning needs was announced today by the American Library Association (ALA)and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).  The Library E-rate Assessment Planning (LEAP) project is a two-year initiative that will target five pilot states to develop strategies to increase broadband capacity to local libraries in each state and to increase participation in the E-rate program overall.

Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is 'fair use'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement.  Statements by members of the Library Copyright Alliance may be attributed as follows: 

Sari Feldman, president, the American Library Association (ALA):

ALA president urges senators to join Wyden, Paul and Sanders in opposing CISA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Underscoring the dangers of a bill that would seriously threaten privacy and civil liberties, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA) urged members of the U.S. Senate to join Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in opposing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S.754).

New research highlights libraries’ expanded roles

From health insurance seekers to students, libraries leverage expertise, digital services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of our nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries provide programs to help identify health insurance resources and also training to increase familiarity with new technologies, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s Digital Inclusion Survey caps two decades of research on public libraries and the internet and the expanded roles libraries are playing in their communities.

Free webinar: Using door-to-door marketing for library card sign-ups

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) for a free webinar to learn about a new and innovative way to increase library card sign-ups all year long, not just during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. The webinar, "Increase Your Reach: Using Door-to-Door Marketing for Library Card Sign-Ups," will take place at 11 a.m. Central time on Wed., Oct. 21, 2015.

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