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ALA: Don’t hack the Constitution, ALA stands with Apple

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA)’s Adam Eisgrau, managing director of the Office of Government Relations, issued the following statement on a federal magistrate’s February 16 order that Apple develop new technology to assist the FBI to defeat privacy protections built into the iPhone’s operating system:

ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

 
Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities
 
Washington, D.C. – After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement:
 

American Library Association responds to Penguin Random House e-book licensing announcement

New York City – Responding to a Penguin Random House announcement today that it will implement perpetual access for all of its e-book titles and cap prices per title, the American Library Association (ALA) said it welcomes improvement in long-term access and pricing, but noted that the new cap of $65 continues a significant premium over consumer e-book and library print titles. The new regime will phase out the Penguin model of one-year lending and reduce the price for some previous Random House titles with a $65 cap on all Penguin Random House e-titles starting January 1, 2016.

Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition

                                 U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if  passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years that will provide access to funding for the enhancement of school library services and resources. 

ALA President commends Simon & Schuster on e-book licensing pilot program

Offers 50% discount on second year of 2-year lending term

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) welcomed the announcement of Simon & Schuster’s new pilot on library e-book licensing. “This is an exciting development.  We’re delighted to see Simon & Schuster taking leadership among the largest publishers,” ALA President Sari Feldman said.

ALA applauds Robert Bocher appointment to E-rate program oversight body

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) applauded Robert (Bob) Bocher’s appointment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fill the previously expired library seat on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the administrator of the E-rate program. Previously, the ALA endorsed Mr.

ALA, COSLA help libraries LEAP ahead and increase broadband capacity

Washington, D.C. – The launch of a new phase of the federally-funded E-rate reform program aimed at improving broadband capacity to serve community education and learning needs was announced today by the American Library Association (ALA)and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).  The Library E-rate Assessment Planning (LEAP) project is a two-year initiative that will target five pilot states to develop strategies to increase broadband capacity to local libraries in each state and to increase participation in the E-rate program overall.

Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is 'fair use'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement.  Statements by members of the Library Copyright Alliance may be attributed as follows: 

Sari Feldman, president, the American Library Association (ALA):

Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.―Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly-funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.

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