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American Library Association presents Madison Award to NSA Oversight Group

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs.

American Library Association, Internet Archive support civil liberties in amicus brief

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association and the Internet Archive filed a “friend of the court” (PDF) brief in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie, two Supreme Court cases examining the constitutionality of cell phone searches after police arrests. In the amicus brief, both nonprofit organizations argue that warrantless cell phone searches violate privacy principles protected by the Fourth Amendment.

ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Update (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Webinars on March 27th and April 30th are full.  An archived version will be available after the webinar is held.

Four local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

America’s libraries are rung on ladder of opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address:

“President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused on many themes that form the basis of library services in communities across the country. These include:

Try out Google Glass at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that's worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Wilson L.

Google leadership to detail book search lawsuit at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Librarians applauded last November when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database by calling Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship," will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C.

Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law's filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

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