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Section 702: Advocates brace for surveillance reform fight

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With fewer than 90 calendar days remaining before the expiration of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), this week ALA joined the ACLU and a host of other major national privacy advocates in calling on the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee not to reauthorize the program without adding substantial new privacy protections necessary to make the program ... Read More »

House approves full IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding for FY 2018

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Today, the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all funding for its programs under the Library Services and Technology Act, and for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. Notably, the package ... Read More »

Congress examining Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program

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Congress’ Committee on House Administration this year began examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which is the authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). This process is an important opportunity for librarians to advocate for improvements to the FDLP and public access to government information. So far, the committee has held two ... Read More »

Congress is in recess, make it count

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National Library Week is the perfect time to make sure that your congressional representative in the House and both U.S. senators know you want them to fight for full federal library funding for fiscal year 2018. They are now home for two full weeks for their spring recess, so you have ample opportunity to make that point loudly, clearly and ... Read More »

Top 10 things to know (and do) about saving library funding

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The talk of Washington and the library community (when people aren’t talking about the President’s tweets, anyway) is the recent recommendation by the President to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including their library funding implementing the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program within the Department of ... Read More »