Open Access

The biggest issues libraries face

From May 5—6, 2014, hundreds of library supporters from across the country will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss key library issues with their members of Congress. In preparation for next week’s 40th Annual National Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association (ALA) today released new briefs on policies, legislation and issues impacting libraries. Advocates should review the issue briefs ... Read More »

Save the date for the 2014 national freedom of information day

Mark your calendars: the 16th annual National Freedom of Information Day conference will be held Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The Newseum Institute’s annual conference brings together librarians, nonprofits, government officials, lawyers, journalists and educators to discuss freedom of information and open records.  As part of the conference, the American Library ... Read More »

Congress passes an Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014

This week, both the U.S. House and Senate approved legislation that would fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2014.  This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) that were dramatically cut in FY 2013 under sequestration. The total amount appropriated for LSTA increased from $175,044,000 in FY 2013, to $180,909,000 for FY 2014. The ... Read More »

Oppose bill language that would hamper public access!

Today there is bill language making the rounds in Congress that would delay public access to federally-funded research. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) would restrict public access to articles reporting on federally-funded research for up to three years after initial publication. This delay is  two years longer than what is stated in the White ... Read More »

Who opposes reading for the blind, and why they might win

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! The background: ALA has been working with associations like the National Federation of the Blind and the World Blind Union to pass the Treaty of Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008.  We have met frequently with rights holders and their lobbyists. ... Read More »