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Policy discussions continue at ALA midwinter meeting

More than 12,000 librarians, vendors and library supporters attended this year’s 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia from January 24-28, 2014. Large audiences participated in ALA Washington Office policy sessions, including conference programs that explored E-rate funding, copyright lawsuits, ebook access and internet filtering. On Saturday, more than one hundred attendees gathered to hear ... Read More »

Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

It’s been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act–the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding–was upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law’s filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to ... Read More »

Try out Google Glass at the 2014 ALA midwinter meeting

Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that’s worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania ... Read More »

What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

Librarians applauded when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database in November of last year. In the dismissal of the case, the Court called Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30p.m., Google Legal ... Read More »

The Ebook Revolution Expands

What is the American Library Association doing to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Join ALA’s Digital Content Working Group and hear about recent organizational activities during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting session “ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship,” which takes place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center room ... Read More »