May 23, 2015

LACUNY Conference Plans Privacy Protections

On May 8 the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) Institute held its annual one-day conference, “Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century,” at New York City’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice in honor of Choose Privacy Week 2015, May 1–7, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF).

ALA, ARL Applaud FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

ALA, ARL Applaud FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

In a significant victory for supporters of Net Neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today reclassified broadband Internet as a public utility, and established a new Open Internet Order that applies to both fixed and mobile broadband. The new Open Internet Order includes three “bright line” rules, specifically banning broadband providers from blocking access to legal content, applications, and services; impairing access to content, applications, and services; and prioritizing Internet traffic in exchange for “consideration of any kind.”

A Call for ‘Blended Funding’: Schools must pool money to support Common Core

Illustration of a blander with money.

How will schools pay for new CC resources, including digital? One approach is to look for existing funds within your school and district that can be redirected so that your library can purchase CC resources for the classroom. But that requires that libraries market their expertise in resource selection and collection development so that your value is obvious to others, says Christopher Harris.

SLJ Summit 2012: Of Leadership and ‘Blended-Learning Baristas’

SLJ Summit 2012: Of Leadership and ‘Blended-Learning Baristas’

“I love the library, and I firmly believe in it,” says Mark Ray, a former teacher librarian and Washington’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. “But what I also think is that we can redefine perceptions on the part of administrators and decision makers by not necessarily wearing the library on our sleeves.”

ALA, Mobile Commons Facilitate Library Advocacy

The new service helps initiate calls to Congress

The American Library Association has partnered with mobile phone marketing and outreach provider Mobile Commons to launch a new text message alert and advocacy service for librarians. Each month, subscribers will receive an estimated 2 to 3 text message action alerts from ALA’s Office of Government Relations. The messages will give subscribers talking points on a specific, timely issue, and then offer the option of automatically making a toll-free call to the offices of their legislators.

Petition Supporting School Libraries Needs 14,000 Signatures for White House Response


Teacher-librarian Seanean Shanahan’s petition requesting that “school libraries be properly staffed, open, and available for children every day” requires more signatures to get a response from the White House.