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President Submits Budget Request to Congress

President Obama submitted his Fiscal 2017 budget to Congress this week.

President Obama sent to Congress yesterday his $4.23 trillion dollar FY17 budget request, which was greeted with uniform skepticism among many Republicans. This will be the President’s final budget to Congress before he leaves office. Proponents for library funding are disappointed in the decreased funding request for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) of over $500,000. A more severe ... Read More »

ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

Cherry Hill Public Library

Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement: We are truly disappointed that the President’s budget does not recognize the value libraries bring to our country. Every day America’s libraries create individual ... Read More »

ALA’s Washington Office serves up holiday spirit

So Others Might Eat will distibute holiday shoebox gifts that ALA Washington Office donated for needy families.

Libraries have a tradition of serving their communities, so our Washington Office staff—spearheaded by Office of Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) Carrie Russell—chose to serve our Washington, D.C. community by donating holiday shoebox gifts to homeless families through a wonderful organization called So Others Might Eat (SOME). The holiday shoebox drive takes place each year, but this is the first year ... Read More »

E-records privacy protection finally “warrants” Hill hearing

picture of sparks flying depicting the fireworks between those arguing over a privacy bill

Sparks flew this week at the House Judiciary Committee’s long-delayed and much pushed-for hearing on legislation to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as proponents of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) at the witness table and on the Judiciary Committee vigorously rebutted arguments by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FBI and a group of U.S. prosecutors seeking to ... Read More »

ALA seeks nominations for 2016 James Madison awards

James Madison Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought ... Read More »