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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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Successful voter outreach: Five ways to get your patrons ready for Election Day

This post was written by guest author Maggie Bush, the Programs and Outreach Director for the League of Women Voters of the United States. This post was originally posted on American Libraries. Libraries offer a prime opportunity for voters to gain access to critical information they need to cast a…

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Helping authors get rights back through termination of transfers

Creators who enter into publishing agreements are often asked to sign away their copyrights before anyone knows their worth and in circumstances where they have little choice but to acquiesce. In the U.S., statutory termination of transfer provisions allow creators to regain copyrights they signed away decades ago. With rights…


Senate approves federal funds for libraries in FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill 

The full Senate late yesterday approved a “minibus” package of two appropriations bills for the 2019 fiscal year (FY 2019), Defense and Labor, Health, Human Services & Education (Labor-HHS). The bills include a $2 million funding increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with level funding for…