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.

ALA cheers expiration of intrusive PATRIOT Act provision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On May 31, 2015, key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement applauding the expiration of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act:


New American Libraries supplement finds libraries on the offense in the digital revolution

Washington, D.C.—Moving ahead is the overarching theme of the new digital supplement Digital Futures from American Libraries magazine. This report from the American Library Association (ALA) features articles both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead for taking the initiative.

Policy leaders to discuss information equity in a networked world at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—As merger deals and network neutrality challenges continue to flare, Americans’ freedom of speech and right to know are threatened by unavailable, unaffordable or otherwise unequal access to the internet and bottlenecks in the system. Librarians have an essential role to play in preserving and advancing information equity in the networked world. Join advocates and regulators from California’s front lines of this battle for a crash course in the internet issues that increasingly determine our nation’s access to information and innovation.

Experts to discuss policy strategies that yield dollars for libraries at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other forms of support are not likely to flow. What can library leaders do to accelerate this understanding for the benefit of all?

Ramp up negotiation skills to advance library agenda

SAN FRANCISCO—From the boardroom to City Hall, powerful negotiation skills make a big difference in advancing library goals. Power up your ability to persuade at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference interactive session “The Policy Revolution! Negotiating to Advocacy Success!” 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2016 of the West building.

Internet Archive founders to discuss future of digital preservation at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The Internet Archive started by archiving the Web, but now works with hundreds of librarians and partners to create digital collections both centralized and distributed. Join Internet Archive founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle at this year’s 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference when he discusses the challenges of presenting modern materials for each media type. The interactive session, titled “Building Libraries Together,” takes place from 10:30 to 11:30a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in San Francisco.

Experts to discuss library digital content reading habits at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—Join a panel of Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and American Library Association (ALA) leaders at this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco when they discuss the results of a newly-released study on public library patrons’ use of digital content.

Libraries say "nothing less" to USA FREEDOM, "nothing more" on Patriot Act extensions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement responding to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) in the U.S. House:


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