WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs.
CHICAGO — “Strategic Library Partnerships” is a free webinar focusing on successful partnerships between library types and local government, business communities, community groups and more. Learn how successful partnerships help libraries of all types further their mission, expand their reach, increase their impact and meet their goals. It will take place from 1 – 2 p.m. CDT, on Monday, March 24, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA — Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, one of 10 recipients of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully passed a millage increase of .0495 for the library on Feb. 25. The millage increased passed by an almost 3-to-1 margin.
As part of the Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants program, the library’s advocates received expert advocacy training and tools for their campaign by United for Libraries. The training for this campaign was provided by Libby Post of Communication Services.
PHILADELPHIA — The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire, Wis.) and the Friends of the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library were winners of United for Libraries’ 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each won $250, received a certificate, and were recognized at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA — Library foundation staff, board members, volunteers, etc., from all types of libraries are invited to participate in the United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to library Foundations.
PHILADELPHIA — At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both nationally and internationally throughout her career. Her official position will be Board Member at Large.
PHILADELPHIA—Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that's worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Wilson L.
PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship," will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C.
PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law's filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?
Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting