Open Access

Candidates should focus on community anchors

Libraries serve everyone in the community, photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Public Library

Libraries: The quintessential community organization in the digital age Given the critical role of local communities to our nation’s economic strength, ALA’s Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), is urging the presidential candidates to make communities, and specifically libraries in their role as community anchors, a central part of the candidates’ campaign conversations. Libraries are ... Read More »

Six takeaways from new broadband report

Photo by www.GlynLowe .com via Flickr.

On Monday the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) released its report and recommendations on actions the federal government can take to improve broadband networks and bring broadband to more Americans. Twenty-five agencies, departments and offices took part in the Council, which also took public comments from groups like the ALA. The wide-ranging effort opened the door to address outdated program ... Read More »

FASTR zooms out of Senate Committee

Blurred highway lights

Today, after many years of effort by our members and the open access community, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR) was approved by unanimous voice vote of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration as early as this September. ALA thanks Committee Chair ... Read More »

Senator Cornyn receives 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

President-elect Sari Feldman presenting Madison Award.

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions. President-elect Sari Feldman presented the Madison Award ... Read More »

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 »