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District Dispatch

Library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office

Those of you who signed up for email updates for the Libraries Ready to Code grant program got a sneak peak of the application last Friday. Today, it’s out for the world! Check out the Libraries Ready to Code website for all the details you’ll need to apply. We are accepting applications now through August ...

The post Applications for Libraries Ready to Code grants now open appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Marijke Visser
Posted: July 24, 2017, 3:50 pm

Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Committee confirmed its support for federal library funding by voting to approve the same funding levels passed by the Labor-HHS Subcommittee last week. Yesterday’s action was another significant step toward ensuring FY 2018 funding of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—including $183.6 million for Library ...

The post FY 2018 library funding remains uncut by House Appropriations Committee appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Kevin Maher
Posted: July 20, 2017, 1:44 pm

Guest post by: Brianna Schofield, Executive Director, Authors Alliance; Erika Wilson, Communications & Operations Manager, Authors Alliance For many of us, it’s an all-too-familiar scenario: We’re searching for a book that’s fallen out of print and is unavailable to read or purchase online. Maybe it’s an academic text, with volumes held in only a few ...

The post Rights reversion: restoring knowledge and culture, one book at a time appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Carrie Russell
Posted: July 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

Today, ALA continues the fight for an open internet for all. In comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ALA questions the need to review current net neutrality rules and urges regulators to maintain the strong, enforceable rules already in place. “Network neutrality is all about equity of access to information, and thus of ...

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Author: Alan Inouye
Posted: July 17, 2017, 6:50 pm

In response to today’s House subcommittee vote, ALA President Jim Neal sent ALA members the following update: Colleagues, I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of ...

The post Library funding bill passes Labor HHS appeared first on District Dispatch.

Author: Adam Eisgrau
Posted: July 13, 2017, 11:08 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/