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Electronic Frontier Foundation chief to keynote Washington Update at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

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. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Library advocates to converge in Washington to protect libraries

Hundreds to gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today marks the beginning of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day, the annual event when hundreds of library supporters from across the country meet with their members of Congress to advocate for library funding. This year’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day takes place from May 4–5, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

ALA welcomes White House’s ConnectED: Library Challenge

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library Challenge initiative to ensure that all school students receive public library cards through their schools:

ALA advocates for library funding at congressional hearing

Washington, D.C.—Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, today called on the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to support federal library funding at an appropriations hearing that took place in Washington, D.C.

ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will take place on April 29, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358C.

American Library Association ‘inimically against’ bill to extend Section 215 of PATRIOT Act without ‘urgently needed change’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S. 1035, a bill to reauthorize the "library provision," Section 215, of the USA PATRIOT Act without reform of any kind and to extend it until 2020. In response, American Library Association President Courtney Young released a statement commenting on the legislation:

ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement in response:

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.―A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S.

Senator Cornyn to receive 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, March 13, 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

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