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August 3, 2006

ALA submits testimony against Library of Congress cataloguing changes

On July 27, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted testimony to the Committee on House Administration regarding the Library of Congress’ decision to cease the creation of series authority records and treat all series only via transcription in bibliographic records. ALA’s testimony voiced concern about both the fact that the Library of Congress’ decision was made without sufficient consultation with the broad library communityand the direct negative financial impact the decision will have on America’s libraries and library users. ALA also expressed concern about rumors of more extensive cuts in the Library’s cataloguing services being contemplated.

To read the full testimony, please click here (PDF).

April 13, 2006

Deadline extended for Section 108 Study Group comments

Due to a delay in posting the public roundtable transcripts on the Section 108 Study Group website, and because many commenters are busy responding to an Orphan Works legislative deadline, the deadline for submission of written comments on the issues raised in the February 15 Federal Register notice has been extended from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 28.

The transcripts will be posted on the Section 108 Study Group website this week. The Study Group is charged with preparing findings and makeing recommendations to the Librarian of Congress by Fall 2006 for possible alterations to the copyright law that reflect current technologies.

February 17, 2006

On Thursday, February 16, the Senate voted for cloture (96 Yeas to 3 Neas with 1 not voting) on the PATRIOT Act renewal. Sens. Feingold (D-WI), Byrd (D-WV), and Jeffords (I-VT) voted against cloture, and Sen Vitter (R-LA) did not vote. Both Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) attempted to offer three amendments to Sen. John Sununu’s (R-NH) legislation, S. 2271, but Majority Leader Bill Frist executed a parliamentary maneuver that prevented any amendments from being offered.

The action clears the way for another vote to limit debate on the bill Feb. 28, when the Senate returns from a weeklong break. Senators then could vote March 1 to approve S 2271, as well as the House Conference Report (H.R. 3199). to renew and revise the law.

January 30, 2006

At ALA’s 2006 Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council passed a resolution opposing the nomination of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court. This letter, announcing ALA’s opposition to Alito, was sent to all U.S. Senators on January 27th.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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