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House committee approves FDLP Modernization Act

The Committee on House Administration approved the bipartisan Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). The bill would modernize the FDLP and related programs that provide public access to government information. In a statement commenting on the committee’s action, ALA President Jim Neal said: “Through their…

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Watch Senate hearing on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act April 18

Watch the hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act on April 18th at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern) There was a time when I thought the Marrakesh Treaty to increase access to information for people with print disabilities would never make its way to the Senate. Marrakesh is an international treaty after all, and…

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Libraries Ready to Code to release beta toolkit at 2018 Annual Conference

The Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) cohort announced in October 2017 is going strong. The 27 participating school and public libraries are in the midst of implementing their projects. In part, these projects were developed to test a RtC library program framework that fosters computational thinking (CT) literacies among youth.…

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Ready to Code library prioritizes community engagement

Today’s guest post comes from Susan P. Baier, Director of McCracken County Public Library. This post is the first in a series by Libraries Ready to Code cohort participants, who will release their beta toolkit at ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference. A key focus of RtC is community engagement, and our…

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Making space for libraries on Capitol Hill during National Library Week

This post originally appeared on The Scoop on Friday, April 6. While libraries across the country are celebrating National Library Week (April 9–13), the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is representing libraries with events on Capitol Hill. To invite members of Congress and their staffers into the world of…

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