PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY UPDATES
> Digital Public Library of America Quarterly Board/Community Meeting: The Future of Digital Access, January 10, 2 p.m. eastern. With Jean-Claude Brizard, Alan Inouye, Michele Kimpton, and Greg Lucas.
> At the LibLearnX Conference: "Connecting the Dots: Engaging Stakeholders in Effective Library Advocacy" by the ALA Committees on Legislation, Library Advocacy, and Chapter Relations; and the United for Libraries division.
> NTIA Request for Comments: For broadband/digital inclusion grant programs under the rubric of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Comments due February 4.
ALA disappointed in New York Governor's rejection of ebook equity legislation
ALA publishes state legislative toolkit for legislative advocacy: Authored by the Public Policy and Advocacy Office, in partnership with the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the toolkit was developed in conjunction with the state legislative summit in October.
Four articles in the last few weeks on library digital books reflecting recent developments:
"Libraries demand a new deal on ebooks: Legislation would force expanded access to digital titles" in the Boston Globe
"Hearing Set in AAP Suit Over Maryland E-book Law as Clock Ticks on New York Bill" in Publishers Weekly
"Libraries enlist states in fight over ebook rules" in Axios
"Tillis Says State E-Book Laws Put Writing Profession at Risk" in Communications Daily (Consumer Electronics Daily)-subscription needed
"What Libraries Need to Know about the Digital Equity Act: Tips to maximize support and funding for your library's digital inclusion goals" in American Libraries
My op-ed "America needs more science and technology literacy" in The Hill
Need funding for broadband or construction projects that enable connectivity? The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund might be right for your library - use our resource to check eligibility & connect with state officials to learn their funding plans
NEWS, ARTICLES, RESOURCES
Opinion: The golden age of public libraries dawns again, by the Editorial Board of the Washington Post
January 1 is Public Domain Day. "Winnie-the-Pooh and more works will enter the public domain tomorrow," by National Public Radio.
Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through May 1, 2022
In the U.K. too: "Library users facing 'two tier system' with growing trend for eBooks pricing readers out of latest releases"
The SHLB staff performing (singing and dancing) -- or something!
Alan S. Inouye, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
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