Advocacy

Maine State Librarian touts E-rate successes at congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maine State Librarian Linda Lord called for a “proactive vision for meeting the educational and learning needs of our communities for the next 15 years and beyond” at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Representing our nation’s 16,400 public libraries, Lord touted the success of the E-rate program in helping connect nearly 100 percent of libraries to serve more than 30 million people every week.

Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, Chicago Bulls two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Luol Deng has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines and on websites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.

American Library Association welcomes new FCC E-rate proceeding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a Senate hearing with expert testimony (PDF) from Maine State Librarian Linda Lord on the impact and successes of the E-rate program, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomes the forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize this vital Universal Service program.

American Library Association joins Apple, Microsoft in demanding transparency around government surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies and advocates to deliver a letter (PDF) to the U.S. government demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of Internet and telephone communications. Key civil liberties organizations and major companies like Apple, Facebook and Twitter joined in the effort with dozens of other companies and organizations, large and small.

Campaign for reader privacy renews call to amend PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Citing recent revelations about the scope of the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, organizations representing booksellers, librarians, publishers and authors today called on Congress to pass legislation to restore privacy protections for bookstore and library records that were stripped by the Patriot Act as a first step toward reining in what the group calls “runaway surveillance programs.”

Maine State Librarian to testify on behalf of libraries at Senate Commerce hearing on E-rate

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maine State Librarian Linda Lord will serve as the voice of libraries to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on July 17, when it holds a hearing on strengthening the E-Rate program and expanding access to the latest digital technology and learning tools in our libraries and schools.