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Georgia Harper receives Patterson award

Patterson Award

I had the pleasure of speaking at last week’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin which meant fun people and good Mexican food. With Gretchen McCord, I also presented the L. Ray Patterson award to Georgia Harper. Recently retired, Georgia was the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the Texas University System. She actually won the Patterson Award last year, but ... Read More »

Johnna Percell selected for 2015 ALA Google Policy Fellowship

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Johnna Percell will serve as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. As part of her summer fellowship, Percell will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Percell will explore diverse areas of information policy, including copyright law, e-book licenses and access, information ... Read More »

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real ... Read More »

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 »