Threat to Americans’ privacy shoehorned into omnibus spending bill
CHICAGO — The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a decision Friday that it will no longer hear arguments in the 2012 lawsuit objecting to Campbell and Kenton County libraries’ tax rates. At that time, Kentucky Circuit Courts ruled against the Campbell County Public Library and the Kenton County Public Library, a decision that would have resulted in the libraries losing property tax revenues dating as far back as 1979. This ruling follows a March 2015 decision where the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Campbell and Kenton County public libraries.
U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act
CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years that will provide access to funding for the enhancement of school library services and resources.
CHICAGO - Today House and Senate negotiators released the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report. The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after.
In response to today’s announcement, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Leslie Preddy and American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement:
Offers 50% discount on second year of 2-year lending term
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) welcomed the announcement of Simon & Schuster’s new pilot on library e-book licensing. “This is an exciting development. We’re delighted to see Simon & Schuster taking leadership among the largest publishers,” ALA President Sari Feldman said.
CHICAGO – On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
As part of the national launch, Feldman will tour a variety of libraries in Washington, D.C. to view the power of libraries in action and to gather best practices that will be shared with the library profession and the public at large.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement. Statements by members of the Library Copyright Alliance may be attributed as follows:
Sari Feldman, president, the American Library Association (ALA):
CHICAGO — On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors." The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users, is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for eBook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Sub
WASHINGTON, D.C.―Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly-funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.