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    After a Year of Historic Challenges, the Texas Library Association Looks to the Future

    For a second straight year, the Covid-19 pandemic will force the Texas Library Association Annual Conference to be online only (April 22–24). But in true Texas fashion, TLA organizers have risen to the challenge with an expansive virtual program that features a slate of strong speakers and sessions.

  • Libraries

    TLA 2021 Program Highlights: Celebrate Differences, Empower Voices

    Set to run online Thursday–Saturday, April 22–24, the TLA 2021 Annual Conference will feature 200 educational sessions and a strong lineup of live speakers, and organizers are confident that it will inspire, educate, and entertain attendees. Registration will remain open through April 24.

  • Libraries

    Library E-Book Bill Advancing in Maryland

    Library supporters remain hopeful it will cross the finish line before the April 12 legislative session ends in Maryland, despite recent comments from the Association of American Publishers, which this week stated its opposition to the measure.

  • Libraries

    Elsevier Strikes Historic Open Access Deal With University of California

    The agreement comes more than two years after UC officials walked away from its subscription deal with Elsevier, demanding the publisher negotiate a fair transformative open access deal.

  • Libraries

    Passage of American Rescue Plan Boosts IMLS, Federal Library Funding

    The bold $1.9 trillion measure signed into law yesterday includes $200 million in pandemic relief funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the largest single increase in the agency's history.

  • Libraries

    On the Path to Cultural Competence

    Cultural competence requires us to look beyond Western norms and standards to think about what's missing and who is missing. Only then, writes Nicole A. Cooke, can we see the factors that contribute to and perpetuate the systemic racism and inequities that divide our society.

  • Libraries

    Maryland Legislature Passes Bill Supporting Library Access to Digital Content

    The Maryland legislature this week became the first to pass legislation that would ensure libraries can license digital content that is available to consumers. Similar legislation is pending in New York and Rhode Island.

  • Libraries

    House Introduces Bill Seeking $5 Billion for Library Facilities

    The Build America’s Libraries Act was introduced in the House of Representatives this week by Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Don Young (R-AK) and would provide $5 billion to address decades of needed repairs, updates, as well as the construction of modern library facilities in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

  • Libraries

    'Arms' Race: Where We Stand One Year into the Covid-19 Crisis

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the first U.S. Covid-19 lockdowns, PW spoke with Columbia University epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman, who offered a frank assessment of where we stand in our battle against Covid-19.

  • Libraries

    OverDrive CEO: Publishers, Librarians Still Searching for Fair E-book Lending Models

    In a post this week, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash said he was proud of some of the “incremental gains” made in the library e-book market in 2020 but insisted that the work of establishing “fair, flexible, and reasonable terms” for libraries and schools to acquire and lend digital content is far from over.

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