PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY UPDATES
--> ALA Hiring for a Deputy Director, Broadband & Digital Inclusion based in Washington, D.C. Join us! Spread the word.
--> Upcoming at the PLA Conference in Portland, Oregon
Session on Library Digital Books, Wednesday, 11:30 am (with Alan Inouye)
Session on Libraries Build Business, Wednesday, 11:30 am (with Megan Janicki)
AND Libraries Build Business cocktail reception on Wednesday early evening. Contact Emily Durkin for details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intellectual Freedom Forum, Thursday, noon to 4pm (with Megan Cusick, Deborah Caldwell-Stone)
--> Upcoming at the Computers in Libraries Conference: Library digital books with Michael Blackwell and Alan Inouye, March 30
--> Registration is now open for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition! We're so excited to meet in person in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022.
CASE Act good news from the US Copyright Office: "A library's or archives' preemptive opt-out election extends to the acts of its employees acting within the scope of their employment." ALA & others advocated for this change.
ALA joins the State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance (SECA) and other organizations to request an extension of time to submit comments to the FCC on Docket 21-455 (on the proposal for an E-rate bidding portal).
One instance of our targeted meetings with Congressional offices on appropriations during March 1-2
Megan Cusick presented at the Nebraska Legislative Advocacy Day
American Libraries magazine: "The 411 on Funding: Making sense of policy and funding options to fill digital equity gaps." With quotes from Dep Dir Larra Clark, Sr. Fellow Bob Bocher, adviser John Windhausen, and Alan Inouye.
"In 'The Battle for the Soul of the Library,' Stanley Kurtz claims that library titles and materials support political agendas. This could not be further from the truth." ALA President Patty Wong's letter to the editor
ALA President-elect Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada visits and consults with the Public Policy and Advocacy Office in D.C. for two days.
Statement of the Maryland Library Association on the Federal District Court ruling on Maryland's library digital book law
Two DC events in a week--Covid-19 milestone for me. "Value of Unlicensed Spectrum" by the WifiForward Coalition at the CTA Innovation House--following on the State of the Net Internet Policy conference.
NEWS, ARTICLES, RESOURCES
R.I. hearing on library digital book bill in February. AAP testimony and Q & A begins at the 37 min mark. Interesting. Legislator response includes 'insulting' in reference to AAP remarks.
"Hwang Seeks To Assist Libraries With E-Book Costs" in The Newtown Bee. The hearing recording is at https://youtube.com/watch?v=ElMPMFVjo2k. Most interesting (!!) part is the AAP witness beginning at 5:34:20, especially the questioning by Sen. Hwang.
Colorful Mike Masnick on the Maryland court decision on Maryland's library digital book law
FCC extended the application window for new tribal library applicants for the E-rate program. These applicants have another couple of months plus!
NPR: "Ukraine's libraries are offering bomb shelters, camouflage classes and, yes, books"
Reading list on the Ukraine crisis created by the staff of the Barrie (Ontario, Canada) Public Library.
Volunteers Unite to Archive Ukrainian Cultural Heritage
Alan S. Inouye, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
American Library Association
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