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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.

Library, privacy leaders to discuss surveillance at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for library users? Learn about the ways that personal information and Internet access is managed by the government at “Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance,” a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The program will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N243.

Grassroots advocacy expert to address 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Looking for ways to engage your friends and trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundations to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever, libraries need advocacy on every level, especially from their friends, trustees, advocates and foundations.

ALA to host e-government panel at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Every year, more and more people are turning to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Library leaders are encouraged to participate in “Libraries and E-government,” an interactive program that will take place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The session, which will explore e-government tools that libraries are using to serve their patron’s government information needs, takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N260.

Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Does your local library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn how four ALA-recognized libraries are using novel and cost-effective methods to leverage technologies to better serve their communities during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N259/261.

ALA prepares to help protect the Open Internet

Washington, D.C.—Today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re-opens one of the most important rulemakings to affect America’s internet users and the libraries that support free public access and communities of researchers and learners. American Library Association (ALA) Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement in the wake of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Open Internet:

Library associations select Robert Oakley scholarship winner

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Carla Myers the 2014 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and active in intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries.

United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

PHILADELPHIA —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) accepted the 2014 Public Service Award, given by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on May 5 during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C. He was introduced by Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid.

Advocate for libraries by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day May 6

PHILADELPHIA – This week marks the 40th annual National Library Legislative Day. Hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to discuss them.

ALA applauds imminent House Judiciary Committee markup of USA FREEDOM Act; urges improvement and passage in both chambers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee’s May 7th markup of the USA FREEDOM Act, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:
 

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