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Education, library leaders to host interactive copyright tweetchat

Washington, D.C.—Principals, superintendents and school librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject. School leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell during a free tweetchat that will be held on January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST. Participants can submit questions and take part in the tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.

ALA supports NSA surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A drumbeat of organizations are calling for reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance program. Late this afternoon, President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies released a report calling for transparency, online security tools, and organizational reforms to the NSA.

Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries

An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “How Americans value public libraries in their communities,” a report released today from the Pew Research Center that examines the role of public libraries in communities.

Libraries applaud dismissal of Google Book search case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After eight years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database.
 

ALA launches Policy Revolution! initiative for libraries

Three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will accelerate information policy initiatives

Washington, D.C.--The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support from a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nearly $1 million in funding over three years will enable the ALA to increase library visibility and build capacity for sustained action on the national level.

ALA urges swift action on E-rate reforms

Residential-level bandwidth unacceptable for modern library services

Last call: Submit your nomination for Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services by Nov. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t delay: submit your nomination for use of cutting-edge technology in library services now! As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology through November 15, 2013. Libraries selected for the recognition will be featured in a program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, highlighted through ALA publications and publicized via ALA media and Web channels.

ALA welcomes USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association is rallying librarians to support the USA Freedom Act, a bill that will improve the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection. The USA FREEDOM Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and PATRIOT Act author Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would place restrictions on bulk phone and Internet government surveillance, and permit companies to make public the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters received.

ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of library

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This month Macmillan will offer its entire e-book backlist to libraries, as reported in Publishers Weekly. Macmillan first entered the library e-book market in January 2013 by offering a pilot of its mystery titles under the Minotaur imprint, then expanded the pilot to romance titles in June.

ALA seeking nominations for libraries on the cutting edge

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2013, and winners will be announced at the upcoming 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will be held Jan. 24-28, 2013.

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