Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Jul 30

Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion Surveyreleased last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level (pdf or png). 

Libraries can log on at digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014.

Read more on our blog.


Jul 29

americanlibraryassoc:

"I felt as if I would soon be transported to a magical land, able to read books that would carry me to places I was never able to go. It was a thrill. And that was the beginning of a lifelong experience of not only loving libraries, but living in libraries." - Doris Kearns Goodwin on her love of libraries


library-lessons:

-via The Literacy Site

Well there you have it.

library-lessons:

-via The Literacy Site

Well there you have it.

(via cmclibraryteen)


ebookfriendly:

When in doubt, visit your #library and talk to the #librarian http://ebks.to/1kaxi70

ebookfriendly:

When in doubt, visit your #library and talk to the #librarian http://ebks.to/1kaxi70

(via cmclibraryteen)


vintageanchorbooks:

Daria forever.

vintageanchorbooks:

Daria forever.

(via darienlibrary)


Jul 28
“A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.” The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne (via seattlebooks)

(via sslibrarianship)


Jul 25

kingsleyyy:

this hedgehog is cheering for u bc u can do anything image

(via mildmoderngirl)


mortisia:

William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

(via adrahasis-library)


Jul 24

Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!

Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!


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