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Over-filtering in schools and libraries harms education, new ALA report finds

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later (pdf),” a report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). CIPA requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software to receive certain federal funding.

ALA applauds second circuit affirmation of fair use

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) the ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that providing a full text search database and providing access to works for people with print disabilities is fair use. The court also ruled that the Authors Guild lacked standing, and therefore could not assert infringement claims against the HathiTrust.

Panelists share insights, tools for boosting library and community broadband access at ALA conference

LAS VEGAS—From E-rate to network neutrality, national attention is focused on the “need for (broadband) speed” to support innovation, learning and digital inclusion in the modern world. And yet, too many libraries and communities are in danger of falling behind with internet speeds that crawl rather than race to connect people to a world of online resources and services.

New American Libraries supplement examines major trends in digital content

Washington, D.C.—Leading library visionaries and experts discuss trends in digital content technology and the current state of library ebook lending in “Digital Discoveries,” a new digital supplement from American Libraries magazine.

Copyright, libraries and digitization at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—How are libraries coping with digitization and copyright? Are these activities legal? On Sunday, June 29, 2014, copyright experts will discuss digital access and mass digitization projects during "Copyright and Digitization+," a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The conference will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room S219.
 

Experts to discuss copyright trends at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Hear about current copyright policy challenges and developments at the session "Copyright Hot Topics and Big Ideas," a conference program that will be held at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The session will take place from 1:00–2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Las Vegas Convention Center in room N256.

ALA to discuss new directions for digital content at Annual Conference

 
LAS VEGAS—How much do you know about the American Library Association’s (ALA) efforts to advance ebook access in libraries? Learn about recent ebook activities and future plans for digital content more broadly during the session “ALA and Moving Ahead with Digital Content,” a program that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The ALA Digital Content Working Group will host the session on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255/257.
 

House-passed USA FREEDOM Act fails to fully protect Americans' privacy

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) in the House of Representatives, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:

Sen. Jim Webb to address 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s “Washington Update” session at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will detail the upcoming national election season and the ways that libraries and library funding will be affected. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.

FCC leader to discuss net neutrality at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—How does the recent net neutrality court case impact the public’s right to know? Learn how the Federal Communications Commission is addressing network neutrality issues at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Gigi Sohn, special counsel for the Federal Communications Commission's External Affairs will discuss net neutrality during the conference session “Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality,” which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center room N259/261.

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