Life-term for nation’s librarian running out?

The hourglass is running out as Congress considers a term-limit for the Librarian of Congress.

Hard on the heels of the recent surprise announcement that the current Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, would accelerate his retirement from year’s end (as announced in June) to September 30, the Senate last night approved legislation to limit the service of all future Librarians. Co-authored by all five members of the Senate’s Joint Committee on the Library, and ... Read More »

ECPA overhaul way “Oprah”-due


Remember when a new talk show called “Oprah” debuted, a fourth TV network called “Fox” started broadcasting, and every other headline was about the return of Halley’s Comet?  No?  Don’t feel badly; 1986 was so long ago that nobody else does either.  That’s also how long it’s been since Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): the principal law ... Read More »

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 »