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District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Band is the 2017 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. The award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. copyright law, fair use and the public domain. ALA President James Neal had this to say: “Jonathan ...

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Author: Carrie Russell
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:06 pm

[[Guest post by Linda Braun, CE coordinator for the Young Adult Library Services Association has been involved with ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative since it’s start, serving as project researcher and now assisting with the administration of the Phase III grant program.]] The Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) team is growing by one! Dr. ...

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Author: Marijke Visser
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

As previously reported, Congress’ Committee on House Administration is currently examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code. That’s the law that governs the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). On Sept. 15, ALA President Jim Neal sent the committee a letter highlighting the vital role of libraries and the FDLP ...

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Author: Gavin Baker
Posted: September 20, 2017, 2:38 pm

Thirteen years. That’s arguably how long the U.S. Copyright Office and many in industry and the library universe (notably including ALA president Jim Neal) have wrestled with difficult practical, legal and political questions about whether or how to modernize section 108 of the Copyright Act (17 USC §108). That’s the provision that creates a “safe ...

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Author: Adam Eisgrau
Posted: September 19, 2017, 8:07 pm

Here’s something you may not know about the Washington Office’s in-house copyright expert Carrie Russell: Carrie loves puzzles. On the first floor of the Washington Office, Carrie always has a jigsaw puzzle in progress. And, in her office on the second floor, she’s spent the last 18 years trying to untangle the field’s bigger knots. ...

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Author: Emily Wagner
Posted: September 15, 2017, 1:00 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/