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 ... Read More »

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 between our nation’s privacy laws and the need to fight ... Read More »

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 archives under copyright law and developed allowances — copyright exceptions ... Read More »

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 private “entities” (ISPS, utilities, etc.) to share huge amounts of ... Read More »

OverDrive Digs into Data

As forecasted, OverDrive has begun analyzing the masses of data collected across its network of public and school libraries. The first report — made available to ALA, UK libraries, and publishers participating with OverDrive — includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title circulation, book demand and holds, as well as web traffic and general demographics. For instance, in March ... Read More »