Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

New book spotlights ways to advance entrepreneurship in public libraries

CHICAGO — Libraries have a distinctive role to play in the small business ecosystem and can effectively partner to complement existing business services in the community. A nationwide initiative that launched in 2020, Libraries Build Business (LBB) aims to build capacity in libraries offering programming or services to local entrepreneurs and the small business community, prioritizing low-income and underrepresented entrepreneurs. And libraries have already begun to transform communities.

United for Libraries Learning Live on May 10 to focus on ‘Libraries Build Business'

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ Learning Live program for May, “Libraries Build Business: Support from Boards, Friends, and Foundations,” will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

ALA Announces 2022 L. Ray Patterson Award Winner James G. Neal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office today named James G. “Jim” Neal, university librarian emeritus of Columbia University, winner of the 2022 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.  

White House FY 2023 Budget Proposal Positive but “Not Enough” for Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FY (FY) 2023 federal budget released by the White House on March 28 proposed an $8.8 million increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including $3.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), above the FY 2022 budget recently signed by the president.

ALA remembers late Congressman Don Young

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) joins libraries across Alaska in remembering Alaska Congressman Don Young, who died on Friday, March 18, 2022. Rep. Young served the state as its sole delegate at-large to the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973.  

Disheartened by mixed FY 2022 budget outcomes, ALA predicts hard fight in FY 2023 for federal funding for libraries

WASHINGTON—On March 11*, the president signed a reconciled budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which began on October 1, 2021. The Library Services and Technology Act, the only source of federal funding dedicated for America’s libraries, received flat funding at $197.4 million. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, the only source of federal funding dedicated to school libraries, received a modest $1 million increase, raising the program to $29 million.

ALA, Leading Digital Inclusion Advocates Launch Airwaves for Equity Coalition

New coalition asks Congress to dedicate revenue from future spectrum auctions to support digital literacy and adoption efforts

ALA upholds Maryland e-books law and state’s defense as federal district court issues preliminary injunction

WASHINGTON--On February 16, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted a preliminary injunction of Maryland’s library digital book law in the case of Association of American Publishers v. Brian Frosh. The legislation, which went into effect on January 1, 2022, requires publishers who sell e-book licenses to Maryland consumers to also sell licenses to Maryland public libraries “on reasonable terms.” Court proceedings continue towards final adjudication of the complaint by the Association of American Publishers.