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ALA applauds Killeen (TX) City Council decision to retain library

CHICAGO—In a unanimous decision, the Killeen, TX, City Council voted to amend its budget and maintain the Copper Mountain Library, one of only two facilities in Killeen’s library system. The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with the Texas Library Association and local library supporters to urge the City Council to reverse a proposal to close this branch that serves hundreds of residents daily.

ALA salutes former president Dr. Carla Hayden on her swearing in as 14th Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Wednesday, September 14, at noon (Eastern time). The historic ceremony will be broadcast live, beginning at 11 a.m., on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Dr. Hayden is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress.

ALA awarded IMLS grant to offer free community engagement training for libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has been awarded $243,922 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for a two-year professional development project that will train library professionals in community leadership techniques like coalition-building and dialogue facilitation.

New Library Privacy Guidelines offer strategies for protecting patron data in the digital environment

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee has approved four new library privacy guidelines that outline strategies and best practices for protecting patron privacy in the digital environment. The guidelines address online privacy and data security and are intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools and vendors in developing policies and procedures that safeguard library users' data.  The guidelines include:  

Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress

CHICAGO - Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.  

FOIA Improvement Act widens public’s window on workings of government

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement applauding Congress’ passage and President Barack Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act into law. The bill will improve public access to government documents by codifying the “presumption of openness” declared by President Obama in his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  memo during his first week in office and will strengthen the U.S.

ALA president responds to Orlando mass shooting

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA)  President Sari Feldman released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse, a popular GLBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“The library community is deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said Feldman. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the GLBTQ community.