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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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Could Banning Books Actually Encourage More Readers?

“What do the books “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Invisible Man” and Anne Franks diary have in common? Theyve all been banned from libraries. On Sunday, the American Library Association begins its annual recognition of Banned Books Week. Tell Me More host Michel Martin talks to former ALA president Loriene Roy about targeted books, and efforts to keep them on shelves.” (via NPR)

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Bestselling authors call for library ebook lending

“Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.” (via District Dispatch)

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ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

“The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications.” (via District Dispatch)

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Winning Libraries Share Cutting-edge Services at Annual Conference

“Does your library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn about how four ALA-recognized libraries are using cutting-edge technologies in their libraries during the session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held June 30, 2013, from 8:30–10:00a.m. in McCormick Place Convention Center room N427BC. The Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services recognition is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association and showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods.” (via District Dispatch)

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