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District Dispatch: The Official ALA Washington Office Blog

District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

On Wednesday, November 15, the House of Representatives passed ALA-supported legislation to improve public access to government data. The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act was included as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R. 4174), which the House passed by voice vote. Passage of the bill represents a victory ...

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Author: Gavin Baker
Posted: November 16, 2017, 5:40 pm

Today ALA signed the Washington Principles on Copyright Balance in Trade Agreements, joining over 70 international copyright experts, think tanks and public interest groups. The Principles address the need for balanced copyright policy in trade agreements. Over the years, trade policies have increasingly implicated copyright and other IP laws, sometimes creating international trade policies that ...

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Author: Carrie Russell
Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:21 pm

The American Library Association and librarians across the country submitted comments to the Department of Education (ED) in response to its 11 proposed priorities. The priorities, standard for a new administration, are a menu of goals for the ED to use for individual discretionary grant competitions. Over 1,100 individual comments were filed with the ED, ...

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Author: Shawnda Hines
Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

This is a guest post from Rosalind Seidel, our fall Special Collections Intern joining us from the University of Maryland (UMD). Rosie has one semester left in her MLIS program at UMD, and hopes to become a rare books and special collections librarian. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts ...

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Author: Emily Wagner
Posted: November 13, 2017, 2:00 pm

Guest writer Pat May is the ALA Washington Office’s Director of Administration Last week I was honored to attend the presentation of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award – to my sister, Ruby Jaby. Awarded annually by the Citizens for Maryland Libraries and the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, the ...

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Author: Shawnda Hines
Posted: November 8, 2017, 9:11 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/