February 22, 2018

Library Copyright Alliance Files Friend of the Court Brief in The Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Case


The friend of the court brief was written by Jonathan Band. The Library Copyright Alliance is consists of ALA, ACRL, and ARL. The 28 page brief (PDF) is available here via ARL. We’ve also embedded a copy below. Friend of the Court Brief Filed by Library Copyright Alliance in Authors Guild v HathiTrust

The NPR Library Wins ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award


Congratulations to Lara Soto-Barra and all of our friends at the NPR Library located only a few miles from us here in D.C. Score one for media libraries and librarians! From ALA: The American Library Association has named the Artemis training project from the NPR library the 2012 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library […]

ALA Releases State of American Libraries 2012 Report


From the News Release: Publishers limiting library e-book lending, budget cuts and book challenges are just a few library trends of the past year that are placing free access to information in jeopardy.  These trends as well as other are detailed in the 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library […]

New Policy Brief from ALA: "Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy"

Title Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy Author Jessie L. Mannisto Source Office of Information Technology Policy American Library Association Series OITP Perspectives #2 Summary While constant access to information enabled by digital devices has done much to improve our lives, it also exacts costs with respect to our attention and productivity that […]

"Ebook Talks Continued: ALA Meets with Distributors"

From American Libraries: ALA President Molly Raphael prepared this summary of the meetings of members of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group with ebook distributors at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, as well as a panel she moderated at the Association of American Publishers meeting: At last week’s Public Library Association […]

JHU's Winston Tabb is the Winner of ALA's 2012 Patterson Copyright Award Winner

via ALA’s District Dispatch: Winston Tabb, Dean of Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Mr. Tabb was appointed to the National Board of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) by President Obama in […]

Booklist Adds Popular Backlist-Focused Blog "Shelf Renewal" to Growing List

From an ALA News Release: The highly regarded blog Shelf Renewal, dedicated to readers’ advisory focusing on backlist titles, has joined the Booklist family of blogs. The idea of the blog was born at ALA Annual Conference in 2008, when librarians Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk (now Booklist editor for reference and collection management) attended a […]

ALA President Reports on Recent Meeting With Publishers + Comments from Publishers About Talks

First, comments from ALA President, Molly Raphael. Then, a few comments from INFOdocket. Finally, a report from LJ with comments from the publishers who were at the meeting. From an American Libraries Post from ALA President, Molly Raphael: As recently reported, I led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with […]

Info About Recently Adopted ALA Resolution on Publishers and Practices that Discriminate Against Library Users

The resolution discussed below was adopted at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. From ALA: In a resolution adopted by the Council of the American Library Association (ALA), it has been resolved that the ALA: 1. Opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users. 2. […]

"How To Use the ALA Washington Office: A Quick Reference Guide"

The guide now includes a second page listing issues that the Washington office is working on. Direct to Guide (2 pages; PDF) Note: This document was formerly known as “Key Washington Office Web Pages: A Quick Reference Guide.”