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ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent School District is currently under scrutiny. ALA and AASL came out in support of this proposal in an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle on March 4.

ALA, Benetech to discuss 3D printing and educational equity at SXSWedu 2016

Austin, TX – The American Library Association (ALA) is teaming up with Benetech, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit technology company, for a session at the 2016 SXSWedu conference to discuss ways in which the education community – including libraries, museums and schools – can leverage 3D printing to create learning opportunities for students with print and other disabilities.

“The President could not have made a better choice": ALA comments on the pending nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden for Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland as the 14th Librarian of Congress.  Commenting on the announcement, ALA President Sari Feldman said:

Gene Luen Yang lends support to highlight the transformation of libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types consistently transform lives through free access to technology, digital literacy, career development, and opportunities for community engagement and lifelong learning.  In celebration of the invaluable contributions of librarians, library workers and the nation’s libraries, thousands will celebrate National Library Week, April 10 – 16.

ALA: Don’t hack the Constitution, ALA stands with Apple

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA)’s Adam Eisgrau, managing director of the Office of Government Relations, issued the following statement on a federal magistrate’s February 16 order that Apple develop new technology to assist the FBI to defeat privacy protections built into the iPhone’s operating system:

ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

 
Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities
 
Washington, D.C. – After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement:
 

Hodges Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is extending the deadline for nominations for its 2016 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts.

ALA president urges Michigan governor to veto bill prohibiting access to information

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman urges Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a campaign reform bill that would ultimately impact Michigan residents’ access to campaign information. Senate Bill 571 was passed on Dec. 16, with amendments from the House including a provision that bars government employees from using public funds to distribute information about a local ballot proposal 60 days before it appears on the ballot.

New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities

Washington, D.C. – A new report explores the ways in which libraries throughout the nation are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress.

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