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Keeping public information public: Records scheduling, retention and destruction

This is the third post in a three-part series on how federal records laws ensure government information is appropriately managed, preserved and made available to the public.(see also part one and part two). Earlier posts in this series discussed the need for the federal government to have a system for…

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April CopyTalk on the calendar: fair use confidence

Originally scheduled for January 4, 2018, this CopyTalk is being postponed to April 5.  Please join us for “Assessing Librarians Confidence and Comprehension in Explaining Fair Use Following an Expert Workshop” presented by Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois. Sara will discuss her study that evaluated librarian…

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Senators introduce bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017

Acknowledging the critical role of libraries as anchor institutions in communities across the nation, a group of senators under the leadership of Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271).…


Announcing the ALA 2018 MidWinter Washington Office lineup

If you are interested in enhancing your library’s technology* program or in telling your library story to impact federal policies and funding, the Washington Office has a terrific lineup for you at the ALA 2018 MidWinter Meeting and Exhibits. Featured speakers come from StoryCorps, Google, the National Center for Women…

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ALA invites nominations for 2018 Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office invites nominations for its Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has championed, protected, or promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the state or local level. The award…

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