Office for Information Technology Policy

Five local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized five libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Boston, New York, Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla. and Le Roy, N.Y.

ALA recognizes Sen. Olympia Snowe's leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On behalf of the millions of people who use our nation’s public, school and academic libraries, the American Library Association expresses its deepest appreciation for the distinguished work of Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine). Upon her retirement from the U.S. Senate, the library community wants to note the tremendous leadership and work she has done, often on a bipartisan basis, to support libraries.

ALA launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

CHICAGO —As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?”

ALA to host copyright webinar for educators and school librarians

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject in school environments. To address their copyright concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) will host Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, an interactive webinar created for educators and school librarians from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Diverse panel discusses “Culture of Learning” in online digital literacy forum Nov. 14

CHICAGO — Speakers from a range of settings and library backgrounds have been confirmed to participate in the  ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force program “Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep up with Digital Media and Technology” Google Hangout session moderated by OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs. This virtual national conversation will take place at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 14.

OITP, LITA extend deadline for cutting-edge technology nominations to Nov. 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are extending the deadline for submitting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology to Nov. 16. 

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. 

The open letter states:

ALA releases copyright guidebook for librarians and educators

Washington, D.C. — As the digital environment continues to develop rapidly, school librarians and K-12 educators face challenging issues concerning copyright-protected print and online materials at schools and outside of the traditional educational environment. When asked to make copyright decisions, uncertain librarians and educators tend to take more conservative copyright positions than necessary for fear of liability.

Carrie Russell’s copyright guide for K-12 librarians and educators

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific copyright questions that are often glossed over in larger books on the subject. Now, thanks to copyright authority Carrie Russell, there’s a resource just for them. “Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators,” published by ALA Editions, offers clear guidance for providing materials to students while carefully observing copyright law.

American Library Association releases 'Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries'

Washington, DC — Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),” a report that describes general features and attributes of the current e-book environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models.

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