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Registration available: Free e-government webinar for public librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to move services online, public libraries are a bridge between the government agencies and the communities they serve. To assist libraries in providing job-related e-government services to patrons, the American Library Association will host the no-cost webinar “E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs” from 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST on May 1, 2013.

Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boost

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama released the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, allocating $177 million for assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Library funding will be administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS). The budget request is approximately a 1.16 percent increase over funding enacted for the bill in the 2013 fiscal year continuing resolution (after sequestration).

ALA, Library Copyright Alliance Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the first sale doctrine. The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine—if you bought it, you own it. All who believe in that principle, and the certainty it provides to libraries and many other parts of our culture and economy, should join us in applauding the court for correcting the legal ambiguity that led to this case in the first place.

ALA congratulates D.C. chief librarian on being first to receive architecture award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), applauded D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper for having the distinction of being the first librarian to receive the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes individuals who have furthered public awareness and appreciation of design excellence.

ALA recognizes Sen. Olympia Snowe's leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On behalf of the millions of people who use our nation’s public, school and academic libraries, the American Library Association expresses its deepest appreciation for the distinguished work of Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine). Upon her retirement from the U.S. Senate, the library community wants to note the tremendous leadership and work she has done, often on a bipartisan basis, to support libraries.

ALA joins coalition to protect library lending rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a diverse coalition of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies and associations joined together to launch the Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) to protect ownership rights in the United States. ORI is committed to ensuring the right to resell genuine goods, regardless of where they were manufactured. The organization believes that this right is critical to commerce and will engage in advocacy, education and outreach on this important issue.

ALA joins national campaign to protect American privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, as the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) moves to the Senate floor, the American Library Association is joining a wide-ranging coalition of digital rights groups and advocates by launching the Stop Cyber Spying campaign to ensure companies do not have new, overbroad authority to monitor and block private communications.

Funding for school libraries included in LHHS subcommittee’s appropriations bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the efforts of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education Appropriations subcommittees on including funding for libraries at this week’s markup.

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