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President Obama’s budget increases library funding

“President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech. Highlights for the library community include $186.5 million in assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This important program provides funding to states through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).” (via ALA)

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ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

“Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often, investment in libraries and librarians lags the opportunities we present,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Libraries provide countless benefits to U.S. communities and campuses, and contribute to the missions of the federal government and other national institutions. These benefits must be assertively communicated to national decision makers and influencers to advance how libraries may best contribute to society in the digital age.” (via ALA

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ALA welcomes Adobe action; greater attention to reader privacy concerns

“Today, Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, co-chairs of the American Library Association (ALA) Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), released the following statement regarding the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software update: “Librarians have long been guardians of and advocates for reader privacy. The plain text transmission of reader data by Adobe Digital Editions over the internet was clearly a privacy violation for all users of the ADE 4.0 version software and demanded swift corrective action. (via ALA)

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ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,”…a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries. Today, the association released “Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy,” a tip sheet that provides an overview of 3D printing, describes a number of ways libraries are currently using 3D printers, outlines the legal implications of providing the technology, and details ways that libraries can implement simple yet protective 3D printing policies in their own libraries.” (via ALA)

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Understanding a turbulent world to develop library policy agenda

“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) releases the draft “Trends Report: Snapshots of a Turbulent World” (with Appendix I (pdf) and Appendix II (pdf)) to stimulate discussion about and ultimately inform a national policy agenda for the U.S. library community. A draft policy agenda will be developed for public comment through the Policy Revolution! initiative led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) with guidance from its Library Advisory Committee (LAC). “The speed of change related to technology and the linked policy dimensions is breathtaking. Similarly, library roles and demands are evolving, and so the library community’s national policy priorities need to be critically reviewed and realigned accordingly,” said OITP Advisory Committee Chair and LAC Ex Officio Member Dan Lee (via Direct Dispatch)

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Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds

“According to a new study from the American Library Association ALA, nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.” (via ALA Dispatch)

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ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill

“Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, D.C. (view live event). American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young applauded the presidential signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” (via ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill)

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2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—thousands of engaged attendees, lively programs and events

“18,626 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 5,607 exhibitors) from around the world joined energetically in the shared endeavor of “Transforming our libraries, ourselves” at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas. Attendees took part in spirited and productive conversations, sessions, problem-solving, events, discovery of the latest products and services and networking throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. The program included more than 2,700 scheduled programs, sessions and events.” (via ALA)

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Nation’s libraries showcase multicultural resources as uptick in demand for multicultural children’s books continues

“Our nation is becoming more diverse, and libraries are working to step up to the challenge of providing multilingual and multicultural resources. Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans. On April 30, families and children will celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), in public and school libraries. Also known as Día! Diversity in Action, this initiative will provide an opportunity for hundreds of libraries to showcase services that celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry. Libraries continue their commitment to connecting children and their families to multicultural books, bilingual services and educational resources and support the need for children and families to have access to materials that mirror their culture, as well as provide a window to others.” (via ALA)

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Sightings: Why Not Save the Indignation for Something Worthwhile?

“Spring is here, which means that it’s time once again for the American Library Association’s annual Top 10 list of “most frequently challenged books.” These are the books that have drawn the largest number of formal complaints “requesting that materials be removed [from a library] because of content or appropriateness.” Each time the list comes out, enlightened readers hasten to snigger at those benighted members of the booboisie who dare to suggest that “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” both of which have previously appeared on the list, might possibly be thought unsuitable for consumption by youngsters.” (via WSJ.com)

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