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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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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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S.C. Senate Is Urged to Reject Penalties for Colleges Over Gay-Themed Books

“Top officials of the American Association of University Professors, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Modern Language Association, and other groups are urging South Carolina’s State Senate to reject attempts by the House of Representatives to penalize two colleges that assigned books with gay themes to incoming freshmen. This month the House moved to strip the College of Charleston of $52,000 in the state budget and the University of South Carolina-Upstate of about $17,000, citing concerns that the reading assignments were out of line with taxpayers’ values. The College of Charleston had assigned Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel, and the Upstate campus had chosen Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, edited by Candace Chellew-Hodge and Ed Madden.” (via Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Technology Driver of US Legislation, Regulations

“Everything seems to be moving faster than ever. And the pace of change for public laws continues to increase as the government tries to keep up. According to WestlawNext, the leading online legal research service, more than 100,000 new or changed statutes, 160,000 new or modified regulations and over 285,000 new judicial opinions were incorporated into the body of United States law in 2013.” (via Thomson Reuters)

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LexisNexis State Net Launches New Interface, Adds Features and Data

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced today it has launched a new Web interface and innovative features for its state and federal legislative and regulatory activity solution, LexisNexis® State Net®. The new design and features help government, public affairs and compliance professionals easily find, assess and act upon data and intelligence about government activity faster and with more confidence than ever before.” (via Lexis Nexis)

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