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District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

Late last Thursday, in a relatively rare bicameral announcement, five senior members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees endorsed legislation to transfer the power to appoint the Register of Copyrights from the Librarian of Congress to the President. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695) was authored by House Judiciary Committee ...

The post Bill to make Copyright Register a Presidential appointment “mystifying” appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Adam Eisgrau
Posted: March 27, 2017, 8:27 pm

This week at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference, academic librarians and information professionals convened around the emerging issues challenging higher education, due to federal funding cuts and new regulations. On Thursday morning, ALA and ACRL jointly hosted a Postcards to Lawmakers town hall, during which member leaders Emily Drabinski, coordinator ...

The post We’re only as good as our members are engaged appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Emily Wagner
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:29 pm

Thank you to everyone for sharing your #SaveIMLS stories. Please keep it coming – more than 7,700 tweets (nearly doubling our count since last Thursday). As we prepare for the appropriations process, here’s a look back on how ALA Council resolved to support the Library Services and Technology Act in June 1995. As we move forward ...

The post Look Back, Move Forward: Library Services and Technology Act appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Emily Wagner
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:01 pm

The single most impactful action you can take to save funding for libraries right now is to contact your member of Congress directly. Once you’ve done that, there is another action you can take to significantly amplify your voice and urge public support for libraries: writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. ...

The post After calling Congress, write a letter to the editor appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Shawnda Hines
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:20 pm

Your limited-time-only chance to ask for your House Member’s backing for LSTA and IAL begins now. Where does your Representative stand on supporting FY 2018 library funding? Against the backdrop of the President’s proposal last week to eliminate the Institute for Museum and Library Services and virtually all other library funding sources, their answer this ...

The post House library champions release FY18 “Dear Appropriator” letters appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Kevin Maher
Posted: March 22, 2017, 3:19 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/