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ALA supports Nebraska efforts to fight legislation impacting library boards

“ALA President Sari Feldman, working in conjunction with the Nebraska Library Association, has issued a letter opposing Legislative Bill 969, a bill that would compel cities and towns throughout Nebraska to change their library boards from independent governing bodies to advisory boards. The letter was distributed to the General Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature, State Senator Heath Mello and Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley.” (via ALA)

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Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future

“Thousand of library professionals from around the country swelled the population of Boston in recent days as the American Library Association (ALA) held their 2016 Midwinter Meeting here. For four days, they gathered at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to attend workshops, listen to speakers, chat with publishers and talk shop. So, what happens when so many librarians gather in one spot? I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this annual conference, but I am sure it was not what I was seeing as I rode the escalator down to the enormous, gleaming exhibition hall on the Boston waterfront.” (via WGBH News)

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James LaRue to head ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation

“We welcome the appointment of James LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation, effective January 4, 2016. In his application, LaRue noted “My passion for this core principle of librarianship is tightly bound with my own history….For me, librarianship – and life – is predicated on a respect for the fundamental dignity of individual inquiry.” (via Intellectual Freedom Blog)

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Policymakers: 3D printing in libraries advances education and entrepreneurship

“Libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs. Toward A More Printed Union: Library 3D Printing Democratizes Creation, a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlights the multifaceted 3D printing leadership of libraries. The paper urges public and private sector leaders to leverage this leadership to unlock the full potential of 3D printing technology for all Americans.” (via ALA)

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Ten librarians named 2015 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award

“Ten librarians were honored today with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award for their exceptional public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. The winning librarians were selected from a pool of more than 1,300 nominations submitted by library patrons nationwide who use public, school, college, community college or university libraries. The nominations detailed stories about how their favorite librarians helped improve the quality of life in their communities.” (via ALA)

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ALA to launch Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

“On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age. As part of the national launch, Feldman will tour a variety of libraries in Washington, D.C. to view the power of libraries in action and to gather best practices that will be shared with the library profession and the public at large.” (via ALA)

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Cyber bill could let feds spy on library users, advocate warns

“Librarians are warning that a cybersecurity bill about to hit the Senate floor could help the government spy on people using library computers. On Wednesday, the head of the country’s largest advocate for libraries urged senators to oppose the “privacy-hostile” bill known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The measure is meant to boost the exchange of data about hackers between companies and the government. “When librarians oppose a bill with ‘information sharing’ in its name you can be sure that the bill is decidedly more than advertised,” said Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA). (via The Hill)

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New research highlights libraries’ expanded roles

“A majority of our nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries provide programs to help identify health insurance resources and also training to increase familiarity with new technologies, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s Digital Inclusion Survey caps two decades of research on public libraries and the internet and the expanded roles libraries are playing in their communities. “Today libraries are less about what we have than what we can do with and for our patrons,” ALA President Sari Feldman said. “The need for help navigating new health insurance resources in the wake of the Affordable Care Act is one very good example of this—as is the steady growth in Wi-Fi and mobile library resources. As community demands shift, libraries are transforming.” (via PR Newswire)

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Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate

“Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly-funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.” (via ALA)

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ALA applauds, engages national initiative to support broadband opportunity for public housing residents

“The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectHome initiative to expand high-speed broadband to public housing residents. The ALA is proud to be a partner in realizing a shared vision to empower more people to thrive online. “Librarians know from our work in communities every day that far, far too many Americans currently lack the technology access and skills to participate fully in education, employment and civic life,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “Broadband is essential, and we are so pleased the Obama administration has made home broadband access a priority.” (Via ALA)

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