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Privacy, an ongoing preoccupation of librarians, was a running leit motif at Midwinter as usual. The Washington Update—Under a Microscope: The Story Behind the Revelations About the NSA Surveillance Programs— was well attended despite its early time slot. Overall, Guardian U.S. national security editor Spencer Ackerman presented little information that will be new to those closely following the developing story of Edward Snowden’s leaked data. However, he did offer a concise overview of the sequence and called out several key issues, including the National Security Agency’s claim that surveillance does not occur until the point of analysis rather than collection and that, even if new legislation passes which would specifically restrict bulk data collection, ultimately the decision on how these laws are interpreted may be left to the secret court. Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014
Teachers and students count on having relatively broad access to online academic content, but a recent federal court ruling has raised questions about whether the education community could lose some of its ability to tap into the vast library of Internet resources. U.S. Court Ruling Raises K-12 Concerns About Internet Access
In an increasingly diverse world, libraries bring communities together and serve people of all ages and backgrounds. I hope more people will look to librarians in policy conversations ranging from broadband adoption to 21st-century education and learning to public access to government information and resources. With more than 16,400 locations, libraries reach nearly every corner of this great nation, and we are part of the solution in ensuring everyone may be able to thrive in the digital age. Libraries as America’s Techno-Glue?
First sale or “exhaustion” is the exception that limits the exclusive right of distribution. Once a copy is lawfully acquired, the right of distribution for that copy is exhausted. Obviously, this is the bread and butter of public libraries. Without exhaustion, libraries could not lend books. A secondary market for protected works would be illegal—so long to used bookstores, eBay, and the Salvation Army. Why the opposition to first sale from a bunch of librarians? US library lending is happening
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