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Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real benefit for America’s communities.

ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement in response:

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.―A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S.

Senator Cornyn to receive 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, March 13, 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

Experts to explore entrepreneurial co-working and collaboration in libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nationwide, libraries are creating dynamic hubs for budding entrepreneurs to innovate, collaborate and launch successful ventures. Join a panel of library and startup experts at this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference to learn more about the trend of entrepreneurial spaces in libraries and explore ways that libraries can better support community and economic development. “Coworking, Collaborating and Creating @ Your Library,” will take place from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. The American Library Association (ALA), a longtime network neutrality advocate, applauds this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet.

ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds today’s reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424) by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which will help ensure our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access.

ALA welcomes strong network neutrality protections proposed by FCC Chairman

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined the network neutrality proposal he plans to circulate to fellow Commissioners today and bring to a vote on February 26, 2015. In a Wired op-ed he writes: 'I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.

Registration Open: 41st Annual National Library Legislative Day

Want to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries? Stand up for libraries this year by registering for the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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