Library Advocacy

“Finding the Public Domain” webinar now available

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An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Finding the Public Domain” originally webcast on September 1, 2016 is now available. Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer and PI, University of Michigan Library and Kristina Eden, Copyright Review Project Manager, HathiTrust, describe the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS). The CRMS was this year’s awardee of the L. Ray Patterson copyright award. HathiTrust ... Read More »

New season, new entrepreneurship opportunities

A young girl works in the "Fab Lab" at Orange County Library System's Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center.

This is a strange time of year. The days are still long and hot – at least here in D.C. – but the Labor Day promos and pre-season football games signal the start of a new season. It’s around this time that I usually reflect on the waning summer. Having just gotten back from a long vacation at the beach, ... Read More »

Video series makes the case for libraries

Gwen Abraham, featured in the new video series focusing on the E's of Libraries

U.S. libraries—120,000 strong—represent a robust national infrastructure for advancing economic and educational opportunity for all. From pre-K early learning to computer coding to advanced research, our nation’s libraries develop and deliver impactful programs and services that meet community needs and advance national policy goals. This message is one that our Washington Office staff bring to federal policymakers and legislators every ... Read More »

ALA hosts 2016 Google Policy Fellows

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guest post by Nick Gross, OITP’s 2016 Google Policy Fellow Last Friday, the Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA) hosted a luncheon for the 2016 Google Policy Fellows to discuss ALA’s public policy work. The Google Policy Fellowship gives undergraduate, graduate, and law students (like me) the opportunity to spend the summer working at public interest groups engaged in ... Read More »

Dear RNC and DNC: Libraries are essential to achieving national priorities

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Today, the Republican National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins next Monday in Philadelphia. In the latest installment of the Policy Revolution! initiative, ALA submitted comments to the Republican and Democratic Party Platform Committees. A party platform is a formal set of value statements and goals to guide the direction of a political ... Read More »