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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:

ALA decries Hachette’s 104 percent library e-book price increase

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) denounces Hachette Book Group’s reported decision to raise the price of e-books to the library market starting Oct. 1. ALA President Maureen Sullivan issued the following statement:

ALA commends Weinberg Foundation for supporting Maryland school libraries

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the Weinberg Foundation for its dedication of $5 million to build 12 new school libraries for Baltimore City Public Schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the first of the three renovated libraries of the project was opened to the public at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School.

ALA releases copyright guidebook for librarians and educators

Washington, D.C. — As the digital environment continues to develop rapidly, school librarians and K-12 educators face challenging issues concerning copyright-protected print and online materials at schools and outside of the traditional educational environment. When asked to make copyright decisions, uncertain librarians and educators tend to take more conservative copyright positions than necessary for fear of liability.

American Library Association releases 'Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries'

Washington, DC — Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),” a report that describes general features and attributes of the current e-book environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models.

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.


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