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Key committee recommends Dr. Carla Hayden for Senate confirmation as nation’s Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, who served as President of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003 to 2004, would be the first woman and first African American, and just 14th Librarian of Congress, in history.

LeBeau elected RUSA 2017-2018 president

CHICAGO — Chris LeBeau, assistant teaching professor /learning and research librarian at the University of Missouri, iSchool / University of Missouri-Kansas City, has been elected the 2017-2018 president of the Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA). Prior to working in her current position, LeBeau was the reference librarian and coordinator of electronic services at Creighton University.

ASCLA members elect Smithee as 2017-2018 president

CHICAGO — Jeannette Smithee, retired and most recently the executive director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, (SEFLIN) from 2009 to 2015, has been elected the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Smithee said, “ASCLA has been an important part of my professional life for more than 25 years. I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly dedicated ASCLA members over the years and I am excited about continuing to serve in a leadership role on the ASCLA Board.”

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.

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 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.