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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.

Fair use advocate to testify on behalf of libraries at House Judiciary hearing

 
James Neal, Columbia University librarian and vice president for Information Services, will serve as the voice of libraries to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on April 2, 2014, when it holds a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works,” will take place at 2:00 p.m.in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2141.
 

House budget proposal dismisses role of IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

American Library Association presents Madison Award to NSA Oversight Group

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs.

ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Update (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Webinars on March 27th and April 30th are full.  An archived version will be available after the webinar is held.

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

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