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October 25, 2019

(American Library Association) Current practices by content publishers and distributors in digital markets limit libraries’ ability to deliver core services, according to a new report publicly released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Submitted in response to an inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, ALA’s report underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms. The report urges lawmakers to curb anti-competitive practices of digital market actors.

September 12, 2019

(American Library Association) The American Library Association and Public Library Association announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at for members of the public to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries.

June 29, 2016

(American Library Association) With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary.

July 29, 2015

(American Library Association) The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors." The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users, is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for eBook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.

July 1, 2014

(American Library Association) More than 13,000 attendees learned the many ways that libraries transform communities, while more than 5,600 exhibitors demonstrated their wares during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, held June 26 – July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

December 20, 2011

(American Library Association) American Library Association Neal-Schuman announced that on Dec. 23, 2011, Neal-Schuman Publishers will become part of ALA Publishing.

October 20, 2010

(American Library Association) The American Library Association has contracted with OJC Technologies of Urbana, Ill., to manage the migration of to the open source Drupal platform.

January 27, 2010

(American Library Association) The Secretary of Agriculture has allocated $100 million in USDA Rural Development Community Facilities funding for public libraries to provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. The funding will be provided primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

August 1999

(American Library Association) Sirsi Corporation has established an annual $10,000 grant to be administered by the American Library Association as part of the ALA Awards Program.

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