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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. 

How do you do YouTube?

Panel will discuss how libraries can leverage this versatile medium

Washington, D.C. – The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community. 

Senate passage of Every Student Succeeds Act boosts U.S. school children’s chances of 21st century success

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians applaud the passage of S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The bill is the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years opens up use of federal funding to effective school library programs.  The bill now moves to President Obama to sign into law.

AASL President Leslie Preddy and ALA President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement regarding today’s developments:

Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.―Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly-funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.

Congress passes strong support for U.S. school libraries in Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years of delay, the U.S. Senate today voted to reauthorize and modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s primary education statute, by passing the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Before passing the legislation, the U.S. Senate amended ESEA to include the Reed-Cochran Amendment, which will help save and expand school libraries in every state in the nation by explicitly authorizing school districts to use federal funds to develop and foster effective school library programs.

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