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ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Libraries Transforming Communities initiative

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities.

Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries

An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “How Americans value public libraries in their communities,” a report released today from the Pew Research Center that examines the role of public libraries in communities.

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.

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