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American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Thursday, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Thursday, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

ALA: Hachette Book Group marks real progress in library e-lending

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed today’s announcement (DOC) from Hachette Book Group that it will begin offering its full catalog of e-books immediately for lending in U.S. public and school libraries. ALA President Maureen Sullivan today released the following statement:

United for Libraries to lead Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 8

PHILADELPHIA— Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 8, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on May 8, or any time the week of May 6-10.

American Library, Library Copyright Alliance statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Supreme Court has 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.

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.

Simon & Schuster launches ebook pilot program

In a statement released today, Simon & Schuster announced the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement:

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).

Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference attendees during the Washington Update session from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the McCormick Place convention center.

Best-selling author to host copyright workshop for educators and school librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To help school librarians and educators better understand copyright law, author Carrie Russell will host the workshop “Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators” on April 11, 2013. Russell is also the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information.

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