Fourth feted with FOIA reform!


After nearly a decade of advocacy work by ALA, other activists and government officials, with the President’s signature last night we and the nation finally have a long-needed update to FOIA just in time to celebrate FOIA’s 50th birthday on July 4th. Now we can all celebrate our nation’s independence with the knowledge that our country will have an even ... Read More »

Federal experts to walk libraries through government red tape

Businessman bound up in red tape.

Ever felt frustrated by the prospect of another unfunded mandate from the federal, local or state government? Get a better understanding of the red tape. Empower yourself, your library and your community by learning to navigate major e-government resources and websites by attending “E-Government Services At your Library: Conquering An Unfunded Mandate,” a conference session that takes place at the 2016 American ... Read More »

Bring federal job training funding home to your library

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Do you know how to secure funding for job training services and programs in your library? Learn how to secure workforce support funding for your library at this year’s 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. at the Washington Update session “Concrete Tips to Take Advantage of Workforce Funding.” During the session, a panel of library and workforce ... Read More »

Finding the “big picture” on big data at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

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Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze ever more data about students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of “big data” in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security. California responded to these concerns by passing the Student Online Private Information Protection ... Read More »

DOL extols benefits of workforce system collaboration with public libraries

US Department of Labor

In a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) issued this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Assistant Secretary Portia Wu encouraged leaders of our nation’s workforce investment system to continue building upon the role that public libraries play in addressing the needs of American workers, job seekers, and employers. The notice, directed to state ... Read More »