This webinar provides information on loan forgiveness and cancellation benefits for school librarians with federal student loans. Presenters Ian Foss, Federal Student Aid program specialist, and Brian Smith, Office of Postsecondary Education program specialist, discusses Perkins Loan cancellations and Direct Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
“Today’s cell phones are much more than simple dialing systems—they are mobile libraries, holding our books, photos, banking information, favorite websites and private conversations. The Constitution does not give law enforcement free rein to search unlawfully through our private records.”—Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association
“Along with their new offerings, libraries are presenting a dramatically more open face to the outside world, using lots of glass, providing comfortable seating, as much for collaborative work as solitary pursuits, and allowing food and drink.”—"Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond" http://nyti.ms/1feI2xU (via chelseyphilpot)
We’re not sure how you best characterize waiting with your finger poised over the refresh key anticipating the release of an FCC Public Notice. But, nonetheless, we at ALA were not the only ones who impatiently awaited the latest installment of the E-rate modernization proceeding that began last June (if not before with the 2010 National Broadband Plan) with the President’s ConnectED initiative announcement. Since the summer release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission has logged over 1500 comments and ex parte filings. Some of the issues raised in the NPRM warrant further public input to help the Commission determine the best path forward.
Every day we read about new government surveillance programs accessing more info about our private lives. We’re in a critical moment. Fortunately, momentum in Congress is building in support of the Email Privacy Act (HR 1852), which would update ECPA and require a warrant for online communications.
They face budget cuts and closures, but they’re a lifeline for people like me. I should not have to sell anybody on the idea that libraries are awesome.
"This afternoon, I’m picking up my younger daughter from school and I’m taking her someplace special. It’s a place she and I can look at works by local artists, where we can read quietly together, where we almost always run into friends. It’s one of best places in the world. You’ve probably got something like it where you live too. It’s called the library."
We are sad to report that Rep. Holt today announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, ending 16 years of service. The American Library Association extends the library community’s heartfelt thanks to Rep. Holt for his strong support for libraries. Rep. Holt introduced the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries (WILL) Act to integrate libraries into job training efforts. Rep. Holt has also been a consistent supporter of the Library Services and Technology Act, the only federal funding program exclusively for libraries.
We live in a world of communication clutter. From the internet to endless TV commercials, newspapers, magazines, signage, the inside and outside of buses—ads are everywhere. But consider: What makes you decide to try a new restaurant, read a certain book, or see a particular movie? Is it because you saw an ad, or because a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member recommended it?
Hi I don't know who to talk to I want to vote in the next round of voting for things like senators congressmen the president and other bills but I can't find any info on how to do it (FYI I live in Texas) thanks
Your local library will be able to help you. They can even help you register to vote.
Activists declared Tuesday #TheDayWeFightBack online, spreading anti-surveillance messages using that hashtag and #StopTheNSA. Lawmakers, public figures and tech companies all got in on the action on Twitter.
“You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file. We don’t want [library patrons] being surveilled because that will inhibit learning, and reading, and creativity.”—
Katie Alexander, head librarian at John Hersey High School, doesn’t spend much of her time between bookshelves or the front desk. These days a librarian is more of a technology guru, helping students navigate new technology to help with their school work. “We are a one-stop shop for all information, training, or tutoring,” said Alexander.