Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

Fourth feted with FOIA reform!

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After nearly a decade of advocacy work by ALA, other activists and government officials, with the President’s signature last night we and the nation finally have a long-needed update to FOIA just in time to celebrate FOIA’s 50th birthday on July 4th. Now we can all celebrate our nation’s independence with the knowledge that our country will have an even ... Read More »

FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle

Sunshine Week:  Your Right to Know!

It’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House ... Read More »

ALA-backed bill to make CRS reports publicly available introduced

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Today, after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing the public virtually the same free access to these high-quality reports on an enormous range of subjects that Members ... Read More »

Recording of a free webinar on serving veterans @ your library

Libraries are serving veterans and their families.

Serving Veterans @ your Library: Learning about California’s Veteran Resource Centers and How to Develop your Community Based Service Model for Veterans This webinar was held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:00-3:00 PM EST (11:00- 12:00 PM PST) The recording of the webinar can be found at: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p6z1308ygvv/ The needs of veterans are often in the news and libraries are ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »