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ALA Midwinter 2014: A Cold, Quiet Start in Philadelphia

“The ALA Midwinter Meeting has posted fairly strong attendance in recent years, but this year’s meeting in Philadelphia was off to a noticeably quiet start, largely due to Mother Nature. Fresh on the heels of a major snowstorm and with temperatures lingering in the teens, travel snarls contributed to a lightly attended opening night reception on the exhibit floor Friday. Travel woes aside, the show goes on, with a full slate today of meetings and sessions, following Friday’s opening general session. The opening session featured five acclaimed children’s book creators, who chatted with Booklist senior editor Ilene Cooper “about creating great nonfiction for youth.” (via PW)

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ALA creates institutional repository

“The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository ALAIR.  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives.” (via ALA)

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FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association Announce $1.19 million in grants to public libraries to support financial literacy

“The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.19 million in grants to 17 recipients as part of the Smart investing@your library® initiative. Smart investing@your library® is administered jointly by the Reference and User Services Association — a division of ALA — and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program funds library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing. Now in its seventh year, the program has awarded a total of $8.2 million to public libraries, community college libraries and library networks nationwide.” (via ALA)

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ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

“The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities. The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities…” (via ALA)

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Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA

“The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency. Revelations about NSA surveillance have created a “climate of concern” for libraries, which are seeking to defend the freedom to read and research away from the government’s prying eyes. “You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file,” said Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association (ALA).” (via TheHill)

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Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA file brief in lawsuit challenging Arizona ethnic studies ban

“The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) yesterday joined with the American Library Association and several other library, education and free speech organizations in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Arce v. Huppenthal, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112(A). The brief argues that the statute, which led to the disbanding of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program, violates Arizona students’ First Amendment rights to receive information and is unconstitutionally overbroad.” (via ALA)

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Why Broadband Access Matters

“America’s public libraries serve more than 77 million computer users each year, yet many of these institutions do not offer high-speed internet access. How can libraries get up to speed? In a recently published editorial, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Director Alan Inouye explores ways that strategic national investments in broadband internet infrastructure can better support library learners and students.” (via District Dispatch)

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Whats New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association

“A little over a year ago, when I started blogging for Forbes about digital publishing, librarians were up in arms over the issue of ebooks. Several of the largest U.S. publishers weren’t selling ebooks to libraries at the time; some of the others were doing so but with terms librarians hated.So much can change in a year. Today, your local library can give you free access to tens of thousands more ebooks than every before.” (via Forbes)

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American Library Association announces collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair

“Building on its global theme, “Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide,” the American Library Association (ALA) is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The collaboration between ALA and SIBF offers the opportunity to establish improved delivery of ALA’s face-to-face, digital and print products and services to the region in locally and culturally appropriate formats. Activities carried out together will also help raise the visibility and use of libraries in Sharjah and the region.” (via ALA)

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Book censors target teen fiction, says American Library Association

“Attempts to ban books are increasingly driven by the desire to protect teenagers from tales of sex, drugs and suicide in young adult fiction, the American Library Association reports.This growing number of attempts to restrict edgy teen fiction was revealed as part of Americas Banned Books Week, from 22 to 28 September.”Young adult is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, which organises Banned Books Week. “There is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material.” (via theguardian.com)

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