Legislation

Congress leaves town with funding bills unfinished

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House Appropriations Bills include support for LSTA and Title IV, but defund IAL The twelve FY 2017 appropriations bills continued to progress slowly in the House and Senate as Congress leaves today for a lengthy summer recess. This past week, the House Appropriations Committee marked up (approved) its contentious FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, and Related Agencies ... Read More »

Thank your Senators for the new Librarian of Congress

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“Yeas 74, Nays 18”: with those few magic words yesterday, Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. ALA strongly endorsed Dr. Hayden’s nomination, worked hard for her confirmation as an organization, and is proud to have enabled tens of thousands of Americans (librarians and many others alike) ... Read More »

Hayden confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden speaks at a podium

This afternoon, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress! Dr. Hayden will be the first professional librarian to hold the position in over 40 years, as well as the first woman and first African American Librarian of Congress. You can join our celebration on social media (#HaydenISLoC) and by taking a moment to ... Read More »

Ten reasons to confirm Dr. Hayden for Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden speaks at a podium

There are probably a hundred reasons why the Senate should immediately vote – and unanimously at that — to confirm Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress.  With the clock ticking down to zero this week on its pre-recess calendar, here are our top ten for the Senate to award her the job now:  She brought ... Read More »

Fourth feted with FOIA reform!

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After nearly a decade of advocacy work by ALA, other activists and government officials, with the President’s signature last night we and the nation finally have a long-needed update to FOIA just in time to celebrate FOIA’s 50th birthday on July 4th. Now we can all celebrate our nation’s independence with the knowledge that our country will have an even ... Read More »