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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.

NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear

SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Arts librarian receives 2015 Robert Oakley scholarship

The American Library Association (ALA) today awarded Kathleen DeLaurenti the 2015 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and active in public policy, copyright, licensing, open access and their impacts on libraries.

ALA calls passage of USA FREEDOM Act a “milestone”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, applauded the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the U.S. Senate:

ALA urges Senate to stand for “liberty, security and justice”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a letter (pdf) delivered today to all members of the U.S. Senate, the American Library Association (ALA) called on legislators to vote “no” on any amendment to weaken the USA FREEDOM Act. The USA FREEDOM Act would end the "bulk collection" of Americans’ library, phone and many other personal records under Section 215 (the "library provision") of the USA PATRIOT Act.

ALA cheers expiration of intrusive PATRIOT Act provision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On May 31, 2015, key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement applauding the expiration of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act:


Libraries say "nothing less" to USA FREEDOM, "nothing more" on Patriot Act extensions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement responding to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) in the U.S. House:

Library leaders to discuss innovative veteran services at 2015 ALA Annual conference

SAN FRANCISCO—How can libraries better connect veterans and their families to veteran benefits and services? Learn more about providing veteran services at “Veterans Connect @ Your Library: Veterans Resource Centers in California Libraries,” an interactive conference session that will take place at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The session takes place at the Moscone Convention Center from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in room 2014 in the West building.

Experts to discuss, demystify IP implications of 3D printing at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—As more and more libraries nationwide begin to offer 3D printing services, library leaders are now confronting a litany of copyright, trademark and patent complications that arise from the new technology. To help the library community address 3D printing concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation’s (COL) Copyright Subcommittee will explore 3D printing policy issues at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.


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