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ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, D.C. (view live event).

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young applauded the presidential signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

ALA welcomes forward movement on E-rate modernization

 
 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to release the first Order as part of its E-rate modernization proceeding. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:
 

Higher education, library groups release Net Neutrality Principles

Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet. The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth.

The organizations endorsing these principles are:

ALA applauds Congress for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, in a bipartisan vote 415-6. The passage of the bill comes after the U.S. Senate passed this legislation on a 95-3 vote on June 25th.

The American Library Association (ALA) would like to give special thanks to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) for their long time efforts to include libraries in this legislation.

ALA encourages next step in E-rate improvements

Today, the American Library Association participated in an E-rate press call moderated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and was joined by several education and digital learning advocates. More than 4 million people visit America’s public libraries each day, and high-capacity broadband and WiFi-enabled connections are at the center of what our communities need to connect with a world of online resources.

Vermont State Librarian testifies about the importance of open Internet at Senate hearing

BURLINGTON, Vt.—Today, Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid voiced (pdf) the concerns of our nation’s libraries about the importance of an open Internet at a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary field hearing.

American Library Association applauds ruling in two civil liberties cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fourth Amendment when they ruled in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie that officers of the law must obtain warrants before they can search the cellphones of arrestees. In response to the victorious court decision, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement:

ALA welcomes open Internet bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) is rallying librarians to support the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014, a bill that would prohibit paid prioritization over the Internet. Introduced today by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the legislation would prohibit Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to the traffic of online content, applications, services, or devices.

ALA President Barbara Stripling responded today to the introduction of the net neutrality bill:

House-passed USA FREEDOM Act fails to fully protect Americans' privacy

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) in the House of Representatives, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:

Sen. Jim Webb to address 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s “Washington Update” session at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will detail the upcoming national election season and the ways that libraries and library funding will be affected. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.

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