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ALA: House must follow Senate’s lead, pass Museum and Library Services Act

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 12/08/2010 - 10:09am

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) Reauthorization (S. 3984) late Tuesday night under unanimous consent, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the Congressional session.

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, said the passage of this bill in the final days of the 111th Congress is the result of strong Senate leadership and persistent lobbying and grassroots efforts by the ALA, the library community and the public they serve.

“Since the start of this Congress, the ALA has pressed Congress to take up this bill so that Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is equipped to provide resources to America’s libraries,” Sheketoff said.

“We want to thank the cosponsors of this bipartisan bill, especially Sen. Jack Reed, who continues to be a champion for libraries, and we now call on the House demonstrate that same commitment to our nation’s libraries and take up a vote on this bill before the end of the year. The funds provided through this bill are truly a lifeline in this time of increased library use and reduced funding, and Congress can’t put off this critical legislation any longer.”

Cosponsors of this bill are Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA).

The House has not yet announced when a vote on this bill will take place.

E-rate changes to take effect in 30 days

ALA Direct Dispatch - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 1:46pm

The Sixth Report and Order on the E-rate program was published in today’s Federal Register. The publication of the Order means that the changes to the E-rate program that were voted on by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September will be effective thirty days after today, or January 3, 2011. ALA continues to work with the FCC to ensure that clear guidance be developed so that library applicants will clearly understand their options and obligations under the program.

Marijke Visser
Assistant Director, OITP

Senate HELP Committee on a roll, taking up Hildreth nomination and LSTA

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 12/01/2010 - 12:05pm

It may be a lame duck Congress, but there is news from the Senate for the library community today.

This morning the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reported S.3984, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, from committee with unanimous consent. The bill includes the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of support by the Federal Government for the 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums in the United States.

The next stop for S.3984 is a vote on the Senate floor, but the vote is not yet on the Senate scheudule.  Please call your two senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to support S.3984 in the lame duck session. 

Also this morning in the Senate HELP committee, the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of IMLS was favorably reported from committee.  Her nomination must receive a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but one has not been scheduled yet.  When you call your senators, please also urge them to support Ms. Hildreth’s nomination in this lame duck session.

Jeff Kratz, Assistant Director
Office of Government Relations

ALA asks Congress to ensure BTOP implementation continues

ALA Direct Dispatch - Tue, 11/30/2010 - 3:35pm

The ALA today sent letters to leaders in the House  and Senate, expressing how critical it is for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to have the resources to continue oversight and implementation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

As a result of more than 230 BTOP grants awarded, over 2,000 libraries will be provided with high-capacity broadband access.

Unfortunately, NTIA is facing a critical funding shortfall that could jeopardize the ability of libraries to obtain high-capacity broadband via BTOP. The recent report from the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce notes that NTIA has not received the necessary appropriations to continue to implement and monitor the BTOP projects.

Reading the Tea Leaves During the 111th Congress “Lame Dcuk” Session

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 2:04pm

We’ve been getting many questions about “what will be happening in the lame duck session?”  The short answer is:   it could be the “best of times or the worst of times…”  Like other groups there are some key issues that we wish would be passed in December when the 111th Congress convenes.   However, Congress must deal with thorny appropriations issues.  A continuing resolution or an actual budget for FY 2011 must be passed – and the scenario on this and other issues is unclear.  The limited time they have to meet in December will mean that the congressional agenda will be very limited.

Many observers think there will be some post-election craziness as the House starts to align itself for a new Republican majority in the 112th Congress that starts in January.  ALA has been pushing for a vote on the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as well as a vote in the Senate to confirm President Obama’s nominee for the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – Susan Hildreth.  ALA has also worked on various school library issues including the LEARN Act and including school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA.)

Additionally, Rep. Hoekstra (MI-R) has introduced a bill that would extend the sunsets for 3 USA PATRIOT Act provisions, including Section 215 on business records (often referred to as the “library provision”) from February 28, 2011, to February 29, 2012.

On these and other issues stay tuned on District Dispatch and ALA Connect for updates as the “holiday” season moves along.  Sorry we can’t be more specific – we’re in a congressional season that requires a high tolerance for ambiguity.

Lynne Bradley, Director

ALA Office of Government Relations – Washington, D.C.

HELP Committee is Scheduled to Vote on the Nomination of Susan Hildreth and LSTA Reauthorization

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 12:10pm

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will be holding a full committee markup at 10am on Wednesday, December 1.  On the agenda for this markup, among other issues, the committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).

Also, on the agenda for next week’s HELP markup, the committee will be voting on the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  Below is a list of Republican senators who sit on the HELP Committee.  If one of these senators represents your state, please call his or her office today (Wednesday) at 202-224-3121 and tell them to support the LSTA reauthorization.

Michael Enzi – Wyoming
Judd Gregg – New Hampshire
Lamar Alexander – Tennessee
Richard Burr – North Carolina
Johnny Isakson – Georgia
John McCain – Arizona
Orrin Hatch – Utah
Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
Tom Coburn – Oklahoma
Pat Roberts – Kansas

Washington Office seeks candidates for Google Policy Fellowship

ALA Direct Dispatch - Tue, 11/23/2010 - 12:37pm

The ALA Washington Office will once again participate in the Google Policy Fellowship program for the summer of 2011. Google Policy Fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that include broadband, net neutrality, free expression, open access to information, domestic and international copyright policy, online privacy, and open government.

“In particular, ALA encourages master’s and doctoral students in library and information studies with an interest in national public policy to apply for this fellowship,” said Dr. Alan Inouye, Director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).  The deadline for applications is January 17, 2011.

Selected students will spend ten weeks this summer working at a diverse range of organizations, including: American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Cato Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, and the Technology Policy Institute.

Information about the program and host organizations is available on the Google Public Policy Fellowship website.

Washington Office, OIF monitoring TSA procedures’ effect on civil liberties

ALA Direct Dispatch - Mon, 11/22/2010 - 3:55pm

There has been much discussion among ALA members about the new enhanced pat-down procedures and full-body scanning implemented by the TSA, and the possibility that these procedures violate individual civil liberties.   ALA members who are traveling by air in the near future who believe that their rights have been violated by a TSA screening, or believe that their TSA screening was conducted in violation of agency rules, should know that both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) are collecting travelers’ stories.     

EPIC: EPIC Body Scanner Incident Report

ACLU: Think Your Rights Have Been Violated While Traveling?   Tell Us Your Story

OIF and the Washington Office are monitoring this issue, including developments in the courts and in Congress.  Reports and updates will be sent to the membership as events happen. 

Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Deputy Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association
50 East Huron, Chicago, IL  60611
800-545-2433 x 4224 

Lynne Bradley, Director
ALA Office of Government Relations
1615 new Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

ALA files comments to Department of Education regarding Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

ALA Direct Dispatch - Fri, 11/19/2010 - 11:40am

The American Library Association today submitted comments  to the Department of Education regarding today’s meeting on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program.

The comments highlighted the ways libraries can contribute to the success of this program and recommended that the Department include the benefits of utilizing, and partnering with, public and school libraries as part of the SRCL discretionary grant application.

Food For Fines

Tremonton City Library - Sat, 08/28/2010 - 8:24am

We will be having our annual food for fines month during the month of September. Patrons may bring in canned goods to help pay off their fines on their account. One can of food equals one dollar worth of fines. No dented or expired cans will be accepted. All proceeds will be donated to the local food pantry.

Last Wed. Storytime

Tremonton City Library - Sat, 08/28/2010 - 8:20am

The last Wednesday Storytime will be on September 1st at 2:30 p.m. The school children will no longer be having early out on Wednesdays and so we will no longer be doing a Wednesday storytime. The storytime Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. will continue.

The end of the summer reading program... was MAGICAL!

Tri-County Bookmobile Library - Wed, 07/21/2010 - 2:30pm
What a way to end this year's awesome summer reading program!
Mike Hamilton presented "The Magic of Reading"!

Utah's 2009 Best of State Specialty Act winner and educational presenter, Mike Hamilton, brought an exciting and motivational message of the importance of reading. With floating tables, a bowling ball falling out of drawing pads, doves, a never ending vase of water, and MUCH more... Mike had the crowd of over 240 people laughing and amazed! He topped the presentation off by bringing out a real baby kangaroo!!!
We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have him come to the Tri-County Bookmobile Library. A big thanks goes out to the Utah State Library for making it happen! It was a fitting end to a wonderful summer reading program.

Thanks to Charlotte Williams, great parents, awesome volunteers, Joe at Royals Foodtown, Blackburns, and Julie Jeffrey and the youth from CYC.

Making Bubbles!

Tri-County Bookmobile Library - Wed, 07/21/2010 - 2:20pm

Well, we did have some fun making bubbles with a bubble recipe at our story time July 6th. Our chefs whipped some bubbles while our bubble recipe song played. We celebrated friendship as our volunteers, Kiera Taylor and Lauren Jackson sang the SpongBob Squarepants "FUN Friendship Song"...

F is for Friends who do stuff together.
U is for You and me.
N is for Anywhere and anytime at all.
F is for Fire that burns down the whole town.
N is for No survivors when you're-

...and on it went...

We read some fun books and had a great time!

End of summer reading party!

Tri-County Bookmobile Library - Mon, 07/12/2010 - 8:17am
"Mike the Magician" will be coming for our end-of-summer-reading program! This will be an event filled with the Magic of Learning! Mike Hamilton, winner of the "2009 Best of State Specialty Act" will inspire kids as he teaches through magic... healthy choices and a well-rounded education are no illusion! After his awesome performance, we will create giant bubbles, have some fun with water games and more on the back lawn. Don't miss this chance to celebrate a great summer of reading.

Tuesday, July 20th2:00 p.m.Tricounty Bookmobile LibraryHope to see you there!

Pirates vs. Mermaids

Tri-County Bookmobile Library - Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:17pm
The Sea... the Sea... we went to the sea! The kids sang and clapped along with a fun sea song! We read a pirate book, danced to a pirate song, heard a song about a mermaid, heard mermaid jokes and learned how to speak like a pirate... It was a blast! The crowning moment of this story time, however, was the mermaid vs. pirates tug-o-war! Even with King Titan, the mermaids struggled against the pirates. It all turned out great and the kids ate some Popsicles! (Thanks to Royals Market & Joe!)

Fish, fish and more fish...

Tri-County Bookmobile Library - Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:13pm
Don Bone, from the Fish Hatchery came to our story time... He gave interesting facts about fish. The kids won posters, buttons and candy fish when they answered correctly! Lots of fun... Thanks, Don!

Library Closure

Tremonton City Library - Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:29pm

The library will be closed on July 24th for Tremonton City Days.

Book Sale

Tremonton City Library - Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:14pm

Our annual book sale will be during Tremonton City Days at the Jeanie Stevens park.

Library Closure

Tremonton City Library - Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:13pm

The Library will be closed on June 24th for reshelving.

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