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ALA releases e-book license scorecard

Washington, DC – As the e-book environment continues to evolve and libraries are presented with a wide range of licensing conditions by publishers and vendors, it can be challenging for libraries to determine which ebook business models offer the best terms.

Five local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized five libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Boston, New York, Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla. and Le Roy, N.Y.

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 launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

CHICAGO —As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?”

ALA to host copyright webinar for educators and school librarians

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject in school environments. To address their copyright concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) will host Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, an interactive webinar created for educators and school librarians from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Diverse panel discusses “Culture of Learning” in online digital literacy forum Nov. 14

CHICAGO — Speakers from a range of settings and library backgrounds have been confirmed to participate in the  ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force program “Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep up with Digital Media and Technology” Google Hangout session moderated by OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs. This virtual national conversation will take place at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 14.

OITP, LITA extend deadline for cutting-edge technology nominations to Nov. 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are extending the deadline for submitting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology to Nov. 16. 

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.

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. 

The open letter states:

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