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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.

Experts to explore entrepreneurial co-working and collaboration in libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nationwide, libraries are creating dynamic hubs for budding entrepreneurs to innovate, collaborate and launch successful ventures. Join a panel of library and startup experts at this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference to learn more about the trend of entrepreneurial spaces in libraries and explore ways that libraries can better support community and economic development. “Coworking, Collaborating and Creating @ Your Library,” will take place from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. The American Library Association (ALA), a longtime network neutrality advocate, applauds this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet.

ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds today’s reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424) by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which will help ensure our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access.

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