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Tulare County librarian to discuss matching people with jobs at national conference

Washington, D.C. — Since the economic downturn began a few years ago, more and more people have turned to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Consequently, workforce development has become an expanded, new service role for libraries.

New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content

Washington, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today released a new report examining critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In the report, titled “E-content: The Digital Dialogue,” authors explore an unprecedented and splintered landscape in which several major publishers refuse to sell e-books to libraries; proprietary platforms fragment our cultural record; and reader privacy is endangered.

ALA launches text-message advocacy service

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association launched Mobile Commons, a new advocacy tool that will allow library supporters to receive text message alerts from the ALA’s Office of Government Relations. The opt-in service will allow the ALA to communicate advocacy messages in a quick and effective fashion using an innovative texting and calling feature.

ALA and LCA award Eric Harbeson the Oakley Memorial Scholarship Award

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have selected Eric Harbeson, music special collections librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as the first recipient of the Robert L.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed receives honorary membership to the American Library Association

Reed recognized in Washington for support of libraries

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jack Reed (R.I) was honored today in Washington, D.C. with Honorary Membership from the American Library Association (ALA) for his continued support of national libraries. Reed was presented with the prestigious honorary membership during a ceremony at the 2012 National Library Legislative Day.

American Library Association honors Kentucky advocate Louis 'Buzz' Carmichael

Louis “Buzz” Carmichael recognized in Washington for support of libraries

Washington, D.C. — Library advocate Louis “Buzz” Carmichael, of Lexington, Ky., was recognized today with the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award for his commitment to supporting the nation’s libraries. ALA President Molly Raphael acknowledged Carmichael at the American Library Association’s 2012 National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

Library advocates gathered in Washington for 38th annual National Library Legislative Day

Washington, D.C. — More than 350 librarians and library supporters from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. from April 23–24, 2012, to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 38th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for the national libraries.

American Library Association urges library advocates to oppose cybersecurity bill CISPA

Washington, D.C. — Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association (ALA), urged several hundred library advocates today to petition their elected officials to oppose H.R. 3523, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Raphael made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the organization’s 2012 National Library Legislative Day, an event where library supporters gather in Washington, D.C. to encourage lawmakers to pass federal legislation vital to the country's libraries.

Derek Attig to serve as American Library Association’s Google Policy Fellow

Washington, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Derek Attig, a doctoral student at the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as the organization’s 2012 Google Policy Fellow. Attig will spend 10 weeks this summer at the ALA office in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues.

ALA recognizes four library programs as top cutting-edge services in third annual contest

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) have selected programs at Contra Costa County Library in Pleasant Hill, Calif., New Canaan High School Library in New Canaan, Conn., New York Public Library in New York and Scottsdale Public Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., as the winners of the association's third annual contest to honor cutting