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ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda

Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals as invaluable team members in setting federal policy and moving our nation forward in the digital age.

Seeing the Big Picture on Student Data Privacy at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ORLANDO, Fla.—Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze more data regarding students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of big data in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security.

Bring federal job training funding home to your library: Learn how at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Learn how to secure workforce support funding for your library at this year’s 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the Washington Update session “Concrete Tips to Take Advantage of Workforce Funding,” a panel of library and workforce leaders will discuss best practices for supporting jobseekers.

Rep. Rush Holt keynotes National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, nearly four hundred library advocates from virtually every state in the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries and library users during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day.

Library leader calls on Senate to pass privacy reform with “real meaning for real people” as House takes historic ECPA vote

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), applauded passage of the Email Privacy Act by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority. The bill, if approved by the U.S. Senate, is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama and would modernize the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (ECPA).

Rep. Rush Holt to talk importance of library advocacy in DC

Hundreds to advocate for libraries during 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day

Libraries to Congress: Carve House Judiciary ECPA reform bill in stone now

The following statement was issued by the American Library Association upon passage by the House Judiciary Committee of the Chairman’s Substitute Amendment to the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 699.  It may be attributed to ALA President Sari Feldman:

Webinar! "Dear Representative" in time for NLLD

Oftentimes, librarians associate National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) with the singular issue of funding and budget support. But there are many issues that librarians can advocate for to their elected officials. 


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