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American Library Association president to discuss digital readiness at National Press Club briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New research findings show that the digital divide is expanding, affecting far more than the disconnected—a growing percentage of Americans with advanced online access have insufficient levels of digital skills. Join education, government and library experts from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, for “Responding to the Second Digital Divide,” a National Press Club briefing that will explore the ways that governments, schools and communities can better support libraries in bridging the growing skills-based digital divide.

ALA President Stripling stands up for libraries in two national publications

CHICAGO Two op-eds  written by ALA President Barbara Stripling recently appeared during School Library Month in April. The op-eds  passionately make the case for the value of  libraries.  In the April/May edition of Our Children, a publication of the National PTA, a piece entitled "Stand Up for School Libraries" focused on the value of school libraries.

ALA President applauds creation of 'Right to E-read' campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched the “Right to E-read” campaign, a new initiative that enables libraries to advocate for library e-books. In response, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), today congratulated EBLIDA for developing the ebook advocacy campaign:

ALA Announces 2014 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award Recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Mary Lynn Collins, a library trustee from Frankfort, Ky., is the winner of the 2014 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. The award, which is given to a non-librarian participating in National Library Legislative Day, covers hotel fees in addition to a $300 stipend to reduce the cost of attending the event.

ALA to participate in IMLS hearing on libraries and broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 9:30–11:30 a.m., leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” a public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will explore the need for high-speed broadband in American libraries.

ALA calls for FCC to use $2 billion for e-rate demonstration projects, funding internal connections

Today the American Library Association (ALA) called on (PDF) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and alleviate historic shortfalls in funding for internal connections.

American Library Association to host invitational summit

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is hosting an invitational Summit, Libraries From Now On:  Imagining the Future, May 2 and 3 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Summit will bring together thought leaders from the library community, from a broad spectrum of educational organizations, federal agencies and foundations that work with libraries to begin a national conversation about the future and libraries.

Fair use advocate to testify on behalf of libraries at House Judiciary hearing

 
James Neal, Columbia University librarian and vice president for Information Services, will serve as the voice of libraries to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on April 2, 2014, when it holds a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works,” will take place at 2:00 p.m.in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2141.
 

House budget proposal dismisses role of IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

Joint statement from the presidents of AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA and ALA

CHICAGO —The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion form the foundation of the library profession and our professional associations. Those values have been challenged by the discriminatory enforcement of the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida and the fact that ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference is scheduled for Orlando. The Executive Committee members of ALA and the BCALA Executive Board have actively engaged in conversation to determine the best solution to this challenging dilemma.

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