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Free webinar to kick off ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Community Building and Makerspaces' series

CHICAGO – ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins at 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

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 urges swift action on E-rate reforms

Residential-level bandwidth unacceptable for modern library services

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.

Fiore and Williams named 2013-2014 co-chairs of planned giving campaign

CHICAGO - Carole D. Fiore and J. Linda Williams have been named as co-chairs of the American Library Association’s 15x15 campaign. In June 2012, ALA launched 15x15, with the goal of raising $15 million in planned gifts to ALA by 2015.

Fiore and Williams will take over for the 2013-2014 campaign. They replace Jim Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University, who served as founding chair during the past year and launched the campaign.

Participate in the ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Join the ebook library lending discussion by registering for the American Library Association’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will take place from 11 a.m. - noon Central time Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

ALA calls for leap forward in E-rate goals; streamlined program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate deployment of the high-capacity broadband needed to serve students and learners of all ages through our nation’s libraries and schools. ALA calls for new strategic investments in telecommunications and broadband infrastructure, as well as program changes to improve cost-effectiveness and streamline processes to enable greater participation.

Past President John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Past President John W. Berry has been appointed to a two-year term as the ALA's non-voting representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris (ALP).

The ALA established the American Library in Paris in 1920 with local community support and 30,000 books from ALA’s Library War Service effort during World War I.

Declaration for the Right to Libraries webinar

CHICAGO – Join American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling and 2012-2013 ALA President Maureen Sullivan as they discuss the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and Stripling’s overarching “Libraries Change Lives” campaign from 2 - 3 p.m. Central time on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

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