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Urgent: Help Rebury “Zombie” Cybersecurity Bill

Zombie hand breaking through dirt

It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) goes by the innocuous name ... Read More »

Landmark victory for school libraries and students today!

Photo by University of Illinois Library.

Does your voice matter? Yes, it does!! It’s official and, incredibly, it’s virtually UNANIMOUS. Thanks in large part to the enthusiastic response to our call to action yesterday, and a boost from mega-author James Patterson, the U.S. Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015! ... Read More »

Amendment to help save school libraries moving now!

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Vital Reed-Cochran Amendment to ESEA! Today, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on modifying and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s principal education statute. First up will be a bipartisan amendment crucial to school library funding by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS). Passing the “Reed-Cochran Amendment” ... Read More »

ALA secures activism leaders for Washington Update session

Golden gate bridge and Fort Point in San Francisco. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

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. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared ... Read More »

ALA and COSLA submit WIOA comments

Computer lab

The American Library Association (ALA) filed comments with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to the Departments of Labor and Education on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The comments are now available for review (pdf). America’s libraries are well positioned to play an essential role in this country’s efforts to assist the workforce. ... Read More »