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Mr. President: Libraries are rungs on the ladder of opportunity

In a statement released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling connected the dots in her response to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Key themes from the speech that form the basis of library services

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Posted in OITP, Public Libraries, Telecommunications

ALA President: NSA surveillance “must be curtailed”

In a statement released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling commented on President Barack Obama’s Friday remarks on the National Security Agency surveillance program (read the full statement). “After months of calling for more government transparency and public

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Posted in Government Information, OGR

Breaking News: President Obama to Reveal Message to ALA Conference

On Sunday, President Barack Obama will release a special video message to ALA Conference attendees. The special message from the White House will air on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 8:30a.m. in the McCormick Convention Center, room South 100C. President

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Posted in Events, Government Information, OGR, Public Libraries

Who opposes reading for the blind, and why they might win

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! The background: ALA has been working with associations like the National Federation of the Blind and the World Blind Union to pass the Treaty of Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired

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Posted in Accessibility, Copyright, Open Access

Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s Budget Gives Libraries $2 Million Boost

Today, President Barack Obama released the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, allocating $177 million for assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). In response to President Obama’s 2014 budget request, American Library Association (ALA) President

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Posted in Digital Literacy, Funding, OGR, Public Libraries, School Libraries

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