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Subcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases

Late on September 13 the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released a conference committee report on fiscal year 2019 funding for programs under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee—which controls spending levels for many federal library programs—and the Defense Subcommittee. The news is good: The conference committee…

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Evolution in the library ebook market

This week’s news from Penguin Random House (PRH) represents a new and major development in the library ebook market. Unlike the terrible shift in lending policy announced in July by Tor and Macmillan Publishers, PRH’s change is neutral or even a bit positive for US libraries, although the impact on any specific library will…

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Encourage youth at your library to register for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge

It’s not too late to encourage your middle and high school patrons to create and submit an original app for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge! As guest contributor Rachel Décoste explains in a post originally published in The Scoop, the first step is to make sure your congressional district is…

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ALA files amicus brief in support of net neutrality protections

The American Library Association this week argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “The FCC made an ill-considered decision to roll back…

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