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CPSC Issues Rule Regarding Lead Standards; More Guidance To Come for Libraries

As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the…

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ALA/ARL/ACRL testifies in support of DMCA 1201 exemption for faculty in all disciplines

In December 2008 the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) and the Music Library Association (MLA) submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, asking for an expansion of the previous exemption to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to include the following: The…

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ALA: U.S. Rep. Fortenberry’s legislation will protect books from regulation

Nebraska congressman introduces bill to amend consumer safety act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenni Terry WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) supports legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) yesterday to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to exempt ordinary books from the lead limit…


President Obama Mentions Libraries in Comments Following Signing of ARRA

In comments made after signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), President Obama mentioned libraries, drawing attention to their central role as critical 21st century learning environments. Take this opportunity to advocate for investment of the stimulus funding in libraries at the state and local level. Go to…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission: Lead Issue Update

The ALA Washington Office consulted attorney Nathan Brown who  advised that ALA’s comment letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission offered a statutory interpretation that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act does not apply to libraries, even if it applies to books. Additionally, members of Congress have been telling ALA…