Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

FASTR zooms out of Senate Committee

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Today, after many years of effort by our members and the open access community, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR) was approved by unanimous voice vote of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration as early as this September. ALA thanks Committee Chair ... Read More »

Victory for school libraries as Senate passes education bill

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The Senate made great strides this week to ensure needed reform to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  After much debate and across the aisle discussion, yesterday the Senate overwhelmingly passed S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17. As we discussed in a previous post, the inclusion in the bill of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran ... Read More »

Landmark victory for school libraries and students today!

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Does your voice matter? Yes, it does!! It’s official and, incredibly, it’s virtually UNANIMOUS. Thanks in large part to the enthusiastic response to our call to action yesterday, and a boost from mega-author James Patterson, the U.S. Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015! ... Read More »

Amendment to help save school libraries moving now!

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Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Vital Reed-Cochran Amendment to ESEA! Today, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on modifying and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s principal education statute. First up will be a bipartisan amendment crucial to school library funding by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS). Passing the “Reed-Cochran Amendment” ... Read More »

Briefing: Libraries, kids and technology

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Interested in learning how children engage with technology at libraries? If you answered yes, then you might consider attending the briefing, Kids, Learning, and Technology: Libraries as 21st Century Creative Spaces on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Room 217. This event’s honorary co-host Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) will be in attendance ... Read More »