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Adobe responds to ALA on egregious data breach; some action expected by week of Oct. 20

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) decries confirmed reader data breaches by Adobe and calls for immediate corrective action to encrypt and protect reader information. The plain text transmission of reader data over the Internet that was first reported Oct. 7 presumably stretches back as far as the release of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4.0 in early September.

ALA calls on Dept. of Ed. to include public libraries in early learning intervention model

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) urged the Department of Education in a letter (pdf) today to include public libraries as early learning partners in the Proposed Requirements for School Improvement Grants (SIG).

ALA voice to join FCC Open Internet roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Windhausen, network neutrality counsel to the American Library Association (ALA) and president of Telepoly Consulting, will represent libraries and higher education institutions Tuesday as a panelist for an Open Internet roundtable discussion hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

ALA encouraged by E-rate momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the fiber gap facing the majority of the nation’s 16,400 public libraries and the communities they serve. ALA President Courtney Young today released the following statement:

ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,” (pdf) a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries.

ALA, CDT seek stronger network neutrality protections than “commercially reasonable”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) this week urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a letter (pdf) to adopt strong, enforceable net neutrality rules essential to preserving freedom of speech, educational achievement and economic growth online.

ALA calls for immediate passage of USA Freedom Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following statement on behalf of the American Library Association (ALA), concerning the introduction earlier today of the USA Freedom Act of 2014 by Sen. Patrick Leahy, may be attributed to Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office:

ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of its public library e-lending program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Macmillan announces that its frontlist ebooks will be available through its public library e-lending program. ALA President Courtney Young released the following statement:

Libraries support digital readiness with tech training, STEM programs, more robust online collections

Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, D.C. (view live event).

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young applauded the presidential signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

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