Library Advocates

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Library Advocates

Posts tagged library advocacy

Apr 10
Now’s the time to stand up for libraries
With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.

Now’s the time to stand up for libraries

With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.


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Dec 10
cendemtech:

Day of Action to Demand Warrants for Email
On Thursday, December 5th, organizations including CDT, ACLU, EFF, Google, Twitter, and Tumblr are participating in a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant.
ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws—it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. ECPA says that hundreds of government agencies—like the IRS, FBI, and DEA, as well as local law enforcement agencies—can access many of our stored emails, private social media messages, and documents in the cloud without getting a warrant from a judge. The law flies directly in the face of our Fourth Amendment values.
Join us in the day of action: Sign this petition telling the White House to support ECPA reform.

As our own Alan Inouye said, “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.”

cendemtech:

Day of Action to Demand Warrants for Email

On Thursday, December 5th, organizations including CDT, ACLU, EFF, Google, Twitter, and Tumblr are participating in a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant.

ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws—it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. ECPA says that hundreds of government agencies—like the IRS, FBI, and DEA, as well as local law enforcement agencies—can access many of our stored emails, private social media messages, and documents in the cloud without getting a warrant from a judge. The law flies directly in the face of our Fourth Amendment values.

Join us in the day of action: Sign this petition telling the White House to support ECPA reform.

As our own Alan Inouye said, “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.”


Nov 5
Free webinar: The Fiscal Situation in Washington and How it Gives Librarians a Huge Advantage
According to a recent poll, Congress is less popular than cockroaches these days, which has many on the Federal advocacy front lines discouraged. But don’t despair! As the debate moves to the state and local level, the library community has a huge advantage. This webinar will show you how to use that advantage to avoid setbacks and perhaps even make great strides forward.
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Free webinar: The Fiscal Situation in Washington and How it Gives Librarians a Huge Advantage

According to a recent poll, Congress is less popular than cockroaches these days, which has many on the Federal advocacy front lines discouraged. But don’t despair! As the debate moves to the state and local level, the library community has a huge advantage. This webinar will show you how to use that advantage to avoid setbacks and perhaps even make great strides forward.

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