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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.

Maine State Librarian touts E-rate successes at congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maine State Librarian Linda Lord called for a “proactive vision for meeting the educational and learning needs of our communities for the next 15 years and beyond” at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Representing our nation’s 16,400 public libraries, Lord touted the success of the E-rate program in helping connect nearly 100 percent of libraries to serve more than 30 million people every week.

AASL president releases statement on 'Declaration for the Right to Libraries'

CHICAGO – Gail Dickinson, AASL President, released the following statement regarding the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries:”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly supports the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries,” a component of Barbara Stripling’s 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Initiative, “Libraries Change Lives.” School library programs change lives by empowering students to become effective and independent users of information and ethical and productive members of our democratic society.

American Library Association joins Apple, Microsoft in demanding transparency around government surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies and advocates to deliver a letter (PDF) to the U.S. government demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of Internet and telephone communications. Key civil liberties organizations and major companies like Apple, Facebook and Twitter joined in the effort with dozens of other companies and organizations, large and small.

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