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IMLS awards libraries National Medals

Cecil County Public Library Director Denise Davis
Community Member: Mr. Thomas Cousar 
Mrs. Obama

Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten exemplary libraries and museums National Medals for their service to their communities. Now in its 21st year, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on ... Read More »

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 »

Library advocacy gains national media attention

Senator Chuck Grassley with NLLD participants in 2015.

American Library Association President Courtney Young brought national attention to the history of library advocacy around privacy, surveillance and the USA PATRIOT Act this week when Beltway powerhouse publication The Hill published Young’s moving op-ed “Long Lines for Freedom.” In the op-ed, Young discusses the library community’s vocal involvement in opposing the PATRIOT Act: Today, close to 400 librarians and ... 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 »

ALA welcomes White House’s ConnectED: Library Challenge

Obama with student at Anacostia Library, April 30, 2015

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library Challenge initiative to ensure that all school students receive public library cards through their schools: We are encouraged by President Barack Obama’s announcement to ensure that all students have access to the wealth of reading materials, educational assistance and digital ... Read More »