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Month: August 2014

“How do you plead?” Guilty on all counts for thinking E-rate is cool

#490607823 / gettyimages.com Phone rings. Caller asks: “What are you working on?” Answer: “E-rate.” Dinner conversation: “What did you talk about today, mom?” Answer (supplied by child 2 and 3 in unison): “E-rate.” Latest office joke: “Why is Marijke in traffic court?” Answer: “E-rate.” E-rate, broadband, and the goals that…

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Add your voice to FCC public comment on network neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has heard from more than 1 million commenters on proposed rulemaking to Protect and Promote the Open Internet, including from the American Library Association (ALA), Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Association of Research…

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Now available: Archived copyright session

Video from the interactive copyright webinar “International Copyright and Library Practices” is now available. The online seminar covered the basics of international copyright and how it applies to use of foreign works by libraries and in educational settings in the United States. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information…

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The sweep of fair use guidelines

I occasionally conduct copyright workshops, particularly at state library associations. I like to talk about the purpose of copyright and of course, fair use. At the last conference, after I made some comments about fair use guidelines, a workshop attendee declared, “You are blowing my mind.” (Think about “blowing someone’s…

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Margaret Kavaras Appointed as OITP Research Associate

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the appointment of Margaret Kavaras as a Research Associate for the organization’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). As part of the OITP Fellows Program, Kavaras may work on diverse issues in information technology policy within the OITP portfolio. Kavaras previously worked for…

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