Legislation

EFF chief to keynote Washington Update session at Annual Conference

Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel for the EFF. Photographed by Erich Valo.

For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this ... Read More »

Supporting the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015: ALA’s perspective

Rollercoaster at sunset

Anyone who’s followed legislative efforts over the past ten plus years to restore a fraction of the civil liberties lost by Americans to the USA PATRIOT Act and other surveillance laws will understand the photo accompanying this post. With the revelations of the last several years in particular, first by the New York Times and then Edward Snowden, many believed ... Read More »

Hundreds gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day

NLLD crowd

This week, hundreds of library supporters met in Washington, D.C. to speak with their legislators about the importance of libraries. From May 4–5, 2015, more than 400 library advocates met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 41st annual National Library Legislative Day. This year, National Library Legislative Day advocates asked their ... Read More »

The hierarchy of creative people

Photo by David Lapetina

A coalition formed “to combat copyright piracy and demonstrate the value of creativity”— Creative America—has changed its name to CreativeFuture. Major motion picture and television companies initially formed this group now that is now considering the future, the present day, and no doubt, the past as well. CreativeFuture now has individual members as well industry and trade groups. These new ... Read More »

ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

Linda Lord Testifying at July 2013 Hearing

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will take place on April 29, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358C. During ... Read More »