POLICY AND ADVOCACY UPDATES
Upcoming Webinar: Chapter Advocacy Exchange - Build America's Libraries Act: States Advocate for Library Infrastructure, May 5, 2 p.m. central time.
Featuring Sonya Durney, Maine Library Association; Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives; Wendy Woodland, Texas Library Association; Jason Broughton, Vermont State Library; and Kevin Unrath, Vermont Library Association. Gavin Baker and Larra Clark from ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office will provide updates.
Upcoming Session: Michael Blackwell and Alan Inouye will be panelists at next week's Maryland/Delaware Library Association Annual Conference: "The Future of Digital Publishing and Libraries." May 7, 12:30 p.m. eastern time
Upcoming Conference: 2021 ALA Annual Conference, end of June. Reminder to register if not already done.
ALA releases American Rescue Plan state funding resource for libraries. State and local officials control $billions from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that could be directed to libraries (of all types).
ALA's letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona--we urge guidance to states to allocate some ARPA funding to leverage school libraries/librarians towards COVID relief and recovery--like addressing the learning gap.
"Libraries Can Use ARPA Funds on E-books, but Change May Be Needed" in Publishers Weekly, Andrew Albanese.
In Governing Magazine--All libraries, public as well as school, academic, and others, are eligible for funds from #AmericanRescuePlan Act.
ALA submitted reply (2nd round) comments with the FCC on structuring the $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund to be made available to libraries & schools.
ALA, through the Library Copyright Alliance, submitted comments on implementation of the CASE Act, pursuant to a Notice of Inquiry from the U.S. Copyright Office.
Interview on information policy by Paul Jaeger and Natalie Taylor Green, authors of a book on information policy published by ALA.
Library workers across the country have sought relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, but the program has not delivered as promised. ALA is proud to join a coalition calling on the U.S. Department of Education to review the PSLF -
NEWS AND ARTICLES
At a recent Congressional hearing, Commerce Secretary Raimondo emphasizes libraries as infrastructure
"The New York Power Lunch Is Back, With New Rules" in Wall Street Journal. I hope D.C. power lunches are coming back soon!!!
American Booksellers Association 2020 Amazon White Paper. If you are interested in the (e)book publishing ecosystem, I highly recommend this paper--very informative!
Alan S. Inouye, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
American Library Association
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