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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.

FOIA Improvement Act widens public’s window on workings of government

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement applauding Congress’ passage and President Barack Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act into law. The bill will improve public access to government documents by codifying the “presumption of openness” declared by President Obama in his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  memo during his first week in office and will strengthen the U.S.

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.
 
These and other related issues will be the focus of a timely June 27 session at the American Library Association’s (ALA) upcoming 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Federal experts to walk libraries through government red tape and unfunded mandates at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Ever felt frustrated by the prospect of another unfunded mandate from the federal, local or state government? Empower yourself, your library and your community by learning to navigate major e-government resources and websites by attending “E-Government Services At your Library: Conquering An Unfunded Mandate,” a conference session that takes place at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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.

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:
 
"Passage today of the Email Privacy Act by the House Judiciary Committee is as important and welcome as it is overdue.