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Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of "Got E-rate?," a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included adding $1.5 billion to the annual available funding.

ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift.

ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

“The American Library Association condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the deaths of the twelve people there.    

Libraries to fight for surveillance law reform in next Congress; warn 'PATRIOT Act protectionists' of 'political peril'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s failure last night to bring the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would have improved the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection, to the Senate floor for debate and an eventual up or down vote:

ALA and ACRL respond to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible "fair use" of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although publishers sought to bar the uncompensated excerpting of copyrighted material for "e-reserves," the court rejected all such arguments and provided new guidance in the Eleventh Circuit for how "fair use" determinations by educators and librarians should best be made.