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Job Corps vendor outreach conference Nov 18

The Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration is seeking grant applications from community organizations, including libraries.

Consider being a contractor or subcontractor in operating a Job Corps center The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration, Office of Contracts Management has announced that it will be holding a Job Corps vendor outreach conference on November 18, 2015 at the Woodland Job Corps Center. The Agency would like to elicit new organizations in supporting the ... Read More »

ALA discusses intellectual property enforcement

Girl creating in library maker space

Responding to a request for input on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator through the Library Copyright Alliance. To highlight those comments, I offer a few observations of a more informal nature on intellectual property enforcement: Kids and others (e.g., designers, entrepreneurs, and ... Read More »

Federal libraries and the national policy agenda

Library of Congress

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting at the Library of Congress with the FEDLINK Advisory Board. My brief was a presentation and discussion of the National Policy Agenda for Libraries in the context of federal libraries and related institutions. Federal libraries represent both a particular segment of the library community and an extensive and far-reaching one as well—including ... Read More »

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

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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 »