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ALA calls for accountability and transparency in nation’s surveillance laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) is gravely concerned, but unfortunately not surprised, at this week’s revelations that the U.S. government obtained the phone records of all Verizon customers for the last seven years. Leaders of the association again call upon Congress to provide more accountability and transparency about how the government is obtaining and using vast amounts of information about innocent people.

ALA: Hachette Book Group marks real progress in library e-lending

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed today’s announcement (DOC) from Hachette Book Group that it will begin offering its full catalog of e-books immediately for lending in U.S. public and school libraries. ALA President Maureen Sullivan today released the following statement:

ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes about the state of school libraries in the Huffington Post

CHICAGO — As school libraries celebrate National Library Week (April 14 - 20) and School Library Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan expresses her concern about current and future challenges in an opinion piece published in the Huffington Post.

Simon & Schuster launches ebook pilot program

In a statement released today, Simon & Schuster announced the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement:

Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boost

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama released the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, allocating $177 million for assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Library funding will be administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS). The budget request is approximately a 1.16 percent increase over funding enacted for the bill in the 2013 fiscal year continuing resolution (after sequestration).

ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit

CHICAGO — Recently Edwin Mellen Press filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against McMaster University Associate Librarian Dale Askey. The suit alleges that Askey committed libel while criticizing Edwin Mellen Press on a personal blog while a librarian at Kansas State University. Edwin Mellen Press is seeking a total of $4.5 million dollars in damages to compensate for injury to its reputation.

American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

ALA President, Secretary Hillary Clinton sign 'Declaration of Learning'

Washington—On Wednesday, Jan. 30, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with twelve government agencies and organizations, to sign the “Declaration of Learning,” a statement that formally announces their partnership as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Learning.

Midwinter attendees hear about groundbreaking community engagement initiative, discuss future of libraries

SEATTLE - Librarians and library supporters gathered in Seattle from Jan. 25-29 to discuss ways that libraries can engage and transform their communities, as well as keep current on the issues facing public, school, academic and special libraries. Those topics included ebook lending, increasing technological change and the rapid growth of social media.

They also came to celebrate the best of the best in children’s and youth literature with the unveiling of the 2013 Youth Media Awards.

ALA applauds Macmillan Publishers’ entry into library market

SEATTLE – On the eve of its national Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Macmillan Publishers that it will enter the library e-book lending market by the end of March 2013. ALA President Maureen Sullivan today released the following statement:

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