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District Dispatch: The Official ALA Washington Office Blog

District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

Originally published by American Libraries in Cognotes during ALA Midwinter 2017. The list of core library values is a proud one, and a long one. For the past 42 years, library supporters from all over the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. in May with one goal in mind – to advance libraries’ core values ...

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Author: Lisa Lindle
Posted: February 23, 2017, 6:36 pm

With news about network neutrality in everyone’s feeds recently, let’s TBT to 2014 at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the ALA Council passed a resolution “Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and Network Neutrality.” And in 2006—over a decade ago!—our first resolution “Affirming Network Neutrality” was approved. You can read both ...

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Author: Emily Wagner
Posted: February 23, 2017, 3:44 pm

The Department of Homeland Security is increasingly demanding without cause that non-citizens attempting to lawfully enter the U.S. provide border officials with their electronic devices and the passwords to their private social media accounts. Today, ALA is pleased to join 50 other national public interest organizations – and nearly 90 academic security, technology and legal ...

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Author: Adam Eisgrau
Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:27 pm

ALA – as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) – submitted a second round of comments in the Copyright Office’s study on the effectiveness of the notice and takedown provisions of Section 512. In its comments, LCA argues that the effectiveness of federal policies to improve access to information and enhance education (such as the ...

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Author: Adam Eisgrau
Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

The American Library Association (ALA), as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), joined amicus briefs on Monday in support of two landmark copyright cases on appeal. The first (pdf) is the Georgia State University (GSU) case—yes, that one— arguing that GSU’s e-reserves service is a fair use. The initial complaint was brought back ...

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Author: Carrie Russell
Posted: February 16, 2017, 8:32 pm

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More Legislative Links

ACRL Legislation and Policy, http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch

ACRL Legislative Agenda 2012, http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/12agenda

ALA Washington Office, http://www.ala.org/offices/wo

Oklahoma Legislature, http://newlsb.lsb.state.ok.us/