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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.

Advocate for libraries by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day May 5

PHILADELPHIA — On May 4-5, 2015, hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to discuss them.

If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still advocate for libraries by calling or emailing Congress as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) on May 5, or anytime from May 4 to 8. Library supporters can let their legislators know just how important our nation’s libraries are to the communities they serve.

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:

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real benefit for America’s communities.

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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