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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.

FCC leader to discuss net neutrality at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—How does the recent net neutrality court case impact the public’s right to know? Learn how the Federal Communications Commission is addressing network neutrality issues at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Gigi Sohn, special counsel for the Federal Communications Commission's External Affairs will discuss net neutrality during the conference session “Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality,” which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center room N259/261.

Library, privacy leaders to discuss surveillance at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for library users? Learn about the ways that personal information and Internet access is managed by the government at “Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance,” a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The program will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N243.

Grassroots advocacy expert to address 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Looking for ways to engage your friends and trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundations to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever, libraries need advocacy on every level, especially from their friends, trustees, advocates and foundations.

ALA to host e-government panel at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Every year, more and more people are turning to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Library leaders are encouraged to participate in “Libraries and E-government,” an interactive program that will take place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The session, which will explore e-government tools that libraries are using to serve their patron’s government information needs, takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N260.

ALA prepares to help protect the Open Internet

Washington, D.C.—Today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re-opens one of the most important rulemakings to affect America’s internet users and the libraries that support free public access and communities of researchers and learners. American Library Association (ALA) Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement in the wake of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Open Internet:

ALA applauds imminent House Judiciary Committee markup of USA FREEDOM Act; urges improvement and passage in both chambers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee’s May 7th markup of the USA FREEDOM Act, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:
 

Library advocates to converge in Washington to protect libraries

Hundreds to gather in D.C. for 40th annual National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, hundreds of library supporters from across the country will meet with their members of Congress from May 5–6, 2014, to advocate for library funding during the American Library Association’s 40th annual National Library Legislative Day.

ALA accelerates efforts on copyright and surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Adam Eisgrau, a veteran intellectual property and privacy policy lobbyist, today joins the American Library Association’s copyright and cybersecurity advocacy efforts to increase visibility for library issues on a national level.

ALA Announces 2014 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award Recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Mary Lynn Collins, a library trustee from Frankfort, Ky., is the winner of the 2014 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. The award, which is given to a non-librarian participating in National Library Legislative Day, covers hotel fees in addition to a $300 stipend to reduce the cost of attending the event.

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