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ALA launches Public Policy Advisory Council

 
As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library community in national public policy.

ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

 
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Rosen as a senior advisor in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this capacity, Rosen will provide guidance on a broad range of topics in OITP’s new Program on Youth & Technology, which is focused on how libraries are well-placed to advance the creative and innovative thinking and learning needed by youth in the digital society. He also will advise on the association’s “Libraries Ready to Code” project.

Publisher partners with libraries for Money Smart Week promotion

HarperCollins offers special pricing on seven finance-related ebook titles

CHICAGO – Libraries celebrating Money Smart Week, April 23 – 30, will have the opportunity to take advantage of an offer from publisher HarperCollins to receive special pricing for simultaneous access to seven finance-related ebook titles.

ALA to Host Natl. Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.―The innovation economy, digital learning and computer science, and even the future of the Library of Congress are all timely topics for this election season. The American Library Association (ALA) will debate each at its first national policy convening on  April 12 and 13, 2016.
 
How do we develop better solutions that build economic opportunity for entrepreneurs and “upskilling” workers?

ALA applauds Lifeline program modernization to include broadband

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings. The American Library Association has been a strong advocate for modernization of all Universal Service Fund programs to include affordable access to high-capacity broadband.

Demand for Apple encryption tool threatens library users’ privacy

CHICAGO – Libraries have a direct and immediate stake in the outcome of the Apple case, as patrons have 24/7 access to library materials and resources via their smart phones, tablets and mobile devices. Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement in response to a federal court order that requires Apple to develop a new tool to eliminate specific security protections the company built into its phone software, in order to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation in unlocking encrypted messages.

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:
 
“We are truly disappointed that the President’s budget does not recognize the value libraries bring to our country.

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