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  • In FY2020 Budget Proposal, Trump Renews Bid to End Federal Library Funding

    ALA officials said the president's budget proposal was discouraging, but the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives library supporters "reason to hope.”

  • The Week in Libraries: March 8, 2019

    Among the week's headlines: OCLC releases an impressive list of the library world's most widely held novels; Texas school librarians score a major victory in the legislature; and more on the University of California's decision to walk away from Elsevier.

  • The Week in Libraries: March 1, 2019

    Among the week's headlines: a new bill in California aims to strengthen consumer privacy protections; in Texas, school librarians have been cut out of a bill providing educators with a long overdue pay raise; and in a major development, the University of California has terminated its Elsevier subscription.

  • Taking a Stand for Open Access, University of California Terminates Elsevier Deal

    The decision to walk away from the world's largest publisher of scientific journals could be a milestone in the transition to open access.

  • The Myriad Futures of Libraries

    There shouldn’t be some grand, exalted vision of the library's future, writes University of Washington iSchool professor Joe Janes—there should be lots of them.

  • Boston Athenaeum Announces Major Expansion

    The Boston Athenaeum has announced major expansion plans that will add nearly 20,000 sq. ft. to the historic independent library.

  • The Week in Libraries: February 15, 2019

    Why a controversial copyright reform bill in Europe just might sway the EU parliamentary elections this spring; drag queen story hours continue to draw cowardly threats, and enormous support; and Kevin Kelly offers a mindblowing take on our AR-driven future.

  • Publisher, Author Groups Protest Library Book Scanning Program

    More than 36 organizations from around the world have spoken out against a library book scanning program known as "controlled digital lending," dubbing the practice "systematic infringement."

  • The Week in Libraries: February 8, 2019

    The AAP weighs in on the latest skirmish over library book scanning; how libraries often struggle to rebound from budget cuts; and the Library of Congress wins a Mellon grant to study the condition of academic library book collections.

  • The Week in Libraries: February 1, 2019

    For librarians, art (pretty accurately) imitates life in Emilio Estevez’s new film ‘The Public’; ALA Midwinter wraps up in Seattle; and a key legal battle over net neutrality is heard before the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals.

  • ALA Midwinter 2019: Melinda Gates to Chair National Library Week

    “We couldn’t imagine a more ideal person to serve as National Library Week honorary chair,” said American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia-Febo, in a statement.

  • ALA Midwinter 2019: In Keynote, Melinda Gates Talks Gender Equality, Advocacy, and ‘Moments of Lift’

    “The demand for gender equality is growing louder, and it is coming from all over the world,” Gates told attendees at the opening of the ALA meeting. But progress is not inevitable, she warned.

  • Librarians to Rally as ALA Midwinter Kicks off in Seattle

    Advocacy, technology, and the future of ALA will be prominent themes at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which runs from January 25-29.

  • Librarians, Let’s Make 2019 the Year of the Book

    When ALA introduced its successful Libraries Transform campaign in 2015, it was meant to build on our foundational principles. What’s more foundational to libraries than books? If we envision 2019 as the year of the book, imagine the transformation we might lead.

  • The Week in Libraries: January 18, 2019

    Among the week's headlines: Librarians prepare to gather in Seattle for the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting; The U.K. Society of Authors threatens to sue the Internet Archive; And, some Kansas residents want to remove LGBT-themed books from the children's section of the library.

  • The Week in Libraries: January 11, 2019

    Among the week's headlines: The Authors Guild says American authors are in crisis; Should authors be paid for U.S. library lends? And Canadian libraries call out unsustainable library e-book prices.

  • Librarians Celebrate as House Passes Key Library Funding Bill

    The House of Representatives on December 19 passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), paving the way for the Institute of Museum and Library Services to continue distributing federal library funding to the states.

  • My Book Is Reading Me Back!

    Amazon, AI, and why tomorrow’s librarians are facing a potentially very different future

  • Melinda Gates, Isha Sesay to Keynote 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

    In Seattle, librarians will kick-start what figures to be a busy year with a slate of inspiring authors and speakers; a strong, future-oriented professional program; a host of awards and receptions; and a full slate of author signings and product demos in the exhibit hall.

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