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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.

Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy

CHICAGO – As we mark national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The need is great. In the U.S. low literacy is a reality for one in six adults, while one in 10 speaks limited English, and nearly 30 million adults lack a high school diploma. Whether native or foreign born, these Americans struggle not only with low literacy and its associated issues—worse health outcomes, lower wages and higher unemployment—but also with challenges to accessing services.

Public relations for school libraries made easy

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new member-created resource to help school librarians promote the ways their programs transform teaching and learning. Available on the AASL website or as a PDF download, the tool offers strategies, practical tips and key messages school librarians can implement immediately.

Free school library advocacy packs now available through the ALA online store

CHICAGO - School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.

Babies Need Words Every Day to bridge the word gap

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of the new Babies Need Words Every Day materials. These shareable resources were designed to help bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children’s literacy skills.

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