Universal Access to Information Day!

Old-fashioned cheerleaders black and white

I discovered this morning that today is the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). Who knew? Being the OITP Director for the Program for Public Access to information, you think someone would have given me a heads up. And because it’s the first IDUAI day, it wasn’t on my calendar like “Talk like a Pirate Day” (which is ... Read More »

ALA asks presidential candidates about broadband plans

U.S. White House with fall colors

Tonight, candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first presidential debate of this election in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University, moderated by NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. The theme of tonight’s discussion will be “the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America.” Both candidates have expressed that updating our country’s ... Read More »

CopyTalk SSRN: Another enclosure of the commons?

Cup of coffee with beans.

What happens when Elsevier – one of the most profitable publishers of scholarly journals and research materials – buys an open access working paper platform like the Social Science Resource Network (SSRN)? Michael Wolfe from Authors Alliance will explore this topic at our next CopyTalk on October 6th, 2016. After being acquired by Elsevier, SSRN has made headlines following the discovery ... Read More »

The sound of history

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden waves at attendees, while Chief Justice John Roberts, Speaker Paul Ryan and Hayden's mother look on

History is rarely made silently, and yesterday’s investiture of Dr. Carla Hayden as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress was anything but an exception.Seated among notables from every branch of government, the media and – of course – ALA and the library profession, the most memorable part of the often solemn forty-five minute ceremony may well prove to be its ... Read More »

Report from the DNC

text reading "2016 Democratic National Convention"

I’m just back from Philadelphia. Wow—the extent of the programming, meetings, and receptions is staggering. The Democratic National Convention basically took over Center City. A nirvana for policy and political types—familiar faces everywhere, but also many new ones. Here I’ll briefly report on aspects that are most relevant (or appropriate) to our ALA work. This is a national election and ... Read More »