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ALA at DPLA West

Congratulations to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) on hosting DPLA West, its second major public event last week in San Francisco. Sari Feldman, co-chair of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (and executive director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio) ably represented the ALA community. One important component…

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Georgia Librarian Heads to Washington to Support State Libraries

State Librarian Lamar Veatch Makes 15th Annual Trip to D.C. for National Library Legislative Day

Federal and state budget cuts to library programs has not stopped Georgia State Librarian Lamar Veatch, 63, from traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional lawmakers to save funding needed for our nation’s libraries and library services.

This year marked Veatch’s 15th annual trip to the nation’s capital to participate in National Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association-sponsored event where more than 3Veatch with Legislative Assistant50 librarians and library supporters met with members of Congress from April 23—24, 2012, to discuss key library issues.

While in Washington, Veatch met with representatives from Congress, including the offices of Reps. Austin Scott, John Lewis, Rob Woodall, as well as Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Veatch discussed Appropriations funding in those meetings, advocating specifically for funds supporting literacy, such as the Library Services and Technology Act.

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ALA Supports Amash Amendment to CISPA Bill

During ‘Cybersecurity Week’ in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the American Library Association announced its support for the “Amash/Labrador/Nadler/Paul/Polis Amendment” to H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA). The ALA asked Congress to amend H.R. 3523 and move it toward a proper balance…

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Introducing “Community Practices in the Fair Use of Video in Libraries”

Librarians at schools, colleges and universities play an important role helping their users understand and apply copyright law. This makes sense because educational institutions are sites for learning, and the advancement of learning is the purpose of the copyright. Congress recognized the unique status of non-profit educational institutions, libraries and…

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Cybersecurity bill votes start in three days – Keep the pressure on

Library and privacy supporters: Keep pressuring House members to vote NO on H.R. 3523 and other bills that will restructure our nation’s privacy policies and laws. ALA remains staunchly opposed to this bill.  Petition your elected representatives with the ALA Legislative Action Center. The major problems remain: CISPA would permit…

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