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ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

 
Washington, D.C. –The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” (pdf). Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service.

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch “Spark” advocacy video series

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them.

Rep. Rush Holt keynotes National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, nearly four hundred library advocates from virtually every state in the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries and library users during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day.

Library leader calls on Senate to pass privacy reform with “real meaning for real people” as House takes historic ECPA vote

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), applauded passage of the Email Privacy Act by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority. The bill, if approved by the U.S.

Rep. Rush Holt to talk importance of library advocacy in DC

 
Hundreds to advocate for libraries during 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day from May 2–3, 2016, at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code”

 
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.
 
"Libraries today are less about what we have on our shelves and more about what we do for and with people in our schools, campuses and communities,” said ALA President Sari Feldman.

Libraries to Congress: Carve House Judiciary ECPA reform bill in stone now

 
The following statement was issued by the American Library Association upon passage by the House Judiciary Committee of the Chairman’s Substitute Amendment to the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 699.  It may be attributed to ALA President Sari Feldman:
 
"Passage today of the Email Privacy Act by the House Judiciary Committee is as important and welcome as it is overdue.

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.