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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.
Threat to Americans’ privacy shoehorned into omnibus spending bill
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:
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.
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.
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: