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Thai librarians visit ALA Washington Office

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Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office hosted librarians from Thailand who are visiting the United States to learn about library practices and futures. Our visitors, Supawan Ardkhla and Nusila Yumaso, are participants in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Through short-term visits to the U.S., foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience our country ... Read More »

Act now libraries: Simon & Schuster launches free ebook offer

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Publisher Simon & Schuster announced today it would donate a free ebook copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life” (coauthored by journalist Charles Fishman), to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies. The book and the promotion launch April ... Read More »

Silly rulemaking; unworkable solution for libraries

ATS Cine Projector Operators, Aldershot,_Hampshire, England, UK, 1941

The U.S. Copyright Office posted reply comments for this year’s round of the triennial 1201 rulemaking. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), a coalition of U.S. library associations of which ALA is a member, filed initial comments (pdf) in February requesting an exemption to circumvent digital technology employed by rights holders when technological protection measures (TPMs) prevent users from exercising a ... Read More »

Net neutrality battle continues in new venues

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

In the month since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve an Order to Protect and Promote the Open Internet, the American Library Association (ALA) and its allies have been wading into the details published by the Commission March 12 to better understand the implications for libraries and higher education. It’s also been a busy time with Congressional hearings ... Read More »

Call for Nominations: Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship

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Librarians interested in intellectual property, public policy and copyright have until June 1, 2015, to apply for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The annual $1,000 scholarship, which was developed by the American Library Association and the Library Copyright Alliance, supports research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers. Applicants should provide a statement of intent for use of ... Read More »