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PATRIOT Act reader privacy Amendment #524 fails in House vote

The House has defeated in a 196 “yeas” to 232 “nays” vote this afternoon the Conyers-Paul-Nadler-Jones Amendment, # 524 that would have improved reader privacy protections in Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  This amendment could have returned the legal standard for law enforcement to obtain library and bookstore…

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Fighting Garrett amendment gives opportunity to break through to out-of-touch Congressional members

This week’s news of U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett’s (R-NJ-5) amendment to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) served as a grave reminder that some members of Congress continue to overlook the value of the libraries in their districts. Garrett’s action confirmed that…

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ADVOCACY URGENTLY NEEDED: House considering two amendments critical to the future of libraries

This week, the House of Representatives will consider two amendments to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution that are critical to libraries — one that would eliminate all Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and another that would halt all funding for…

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President’s budget requests reduction to IMLS funding

President Obama released his 2012 budget request today, requesting $194 million for assistance to libraries to be administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS). This request is approximately $20 million below the current funding level. Like last year, the president also chose to consolidate the Improving Literacy…

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FCC reappoints Anne Campbell as library representative to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Board of Directors

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Notice today announced the reappointment of Anne Campbell as library representative to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Board of Directors.  Ms. Campbell will retain her position of Chair of the Schools and Libraries Committee and in her position of Chair will continue to…

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