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ALA welcomes President Obama’s strong affirmation of net neutrality

Barack Obama

Yesterday President Barack Obama re-affirmed his commitment to network neutrality principles and to the strongest rules to protect the open internet. The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes his statement and outline of principles that echo those of public comments filed by the ALA and a coalition of library and higher education organizations this year. “The ALA heartily agrees with the ... Read More »

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 in communities across the country include: The need to create and bolster ladders of opportunity; Early learning is one of ... Read More »

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 accountability, it is promising that President Obama recognized the need to reform the National Security Agency’s intrusive surveillance practices,” said ... Read More »

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 Obama will discuss ways that libraries will serve as places where consumers seek information about the health insurance marketplace that ... Read More »

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 Persons at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008.  We have met frequently with rights holders and their lobbyists. ... Read More »