Government Information

FASTR zooms out of Senate Committee

Blurred highway lights

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 »

Library leaders: Comment on the IRS Tax Form Program

Photo by John Morgan via Flickr

Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office hosted a conference call with several Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials to issues surrounding the distribution of the 2014 fiscal year tax forms and instruction publications to libraries. Nearly 100 library leaders participated in the call. Patricia Evans, director of IRS distribution, began by apologizing for the poor communications about the ... Read More »

Senator Cornyn receives 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

President-elect Sari Feldman presenting Madison Award.

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions. President-elect Sari Feldman presented the Madison Award ... Read More »

Free webinar: IRS officials to discuss library tax form program

Photo by AgriLifeToday via Flickr

Want to comment on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax form delivery service? Discuss your experiences obtaining tax forms for your library during “Talk with the IRS about Tax Forms,” a no-cost webinar that will be hosted by the American Library Association (ALA). The session will be held from 2:30–3:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. To register, send ... Read More »

Free webinar: Expanding immigrant access through libraries

Hartford Public Library

Library services to immigrants are extensive and include world language collections, multicultural programming, ESL, citizenship, computer classes, and information brokering. Learn how your library can better support immigrants in “We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community,” a free webinar hosted by e-government service Lib2gov from the American Library Association’s Washington Office and University of Maryland’s iPAC. This ... Read More »