Archive for July, 2010



MD elections to bring in many new legislators; governor race in dead heat

These Gazette articles give some insight into the upcoming elections:

Senate passes bill to authorize historical commission

The Senate passed S 2872 which reauthorizes the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and makes grants available to preserve and make accessible US history records.  For more information, go to the District Dispatch posting.

ALA supports Nat’l Broadband Plan’s E-rate changes

In comments submitted by the American Library Association (ALA) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ALA urged the FCC to implement the changes to e-rate included in the National Broadband Plan.  The proposal includes streamlining the application process and working toward meeting the demand, among other things.  For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.

Court ruling may threaten libraries’ lending rights

A recent court ruling on copyright infringement in the business world may have impact on libraries’ ability to lend books because of its interpretation of the “first-sale doctrine” exception.  The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has filed an amicus curiae brief to voice its concerns.  For more information, go to the District Dispatch posting.  It includes a link to the amicus curiae brief and an announcement from LCA, which provides a more detailed explanation of the concerns.

State Election Candidates final; many incumbents challenged

July 6th was the last day to candidates to file to run for the upcoming state primary and general elections.  Many of the incumbents, including those in leadership positions, are facing challengers in the primary and/or general elections, with the most potential for turnover in the House of Delegates.

Candidate lists are available:

  • State Candidates – Includes a list of all candidates for state offices.
  • Local Candidates – Also, of possible interest, a list of all candidates for local government offices.

Videos available for ALA Washington Office Annual Conference programs

Videos are now available online for some programs at the Annual Conference from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office.

Dept of Labor Webinars on Workforce Development & Libraries

The Department of Labor has offered guidance on partnerships between workforce agencies and libraries.  In the press release, two upcoming webinars were mentioned.  A recent District Dispatch posting highlighted them as follows:

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration will soon offer two webinars related to collaboration with libraries as part of its new
partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):

  •  July 19: This webinar will highlight promising state and local examples of
    workforce-library collaboration. Details to be announced on the Workforce3One
    website. (Registration is required to access site content.)
  • August 11: This webinar on WebJunction will present an introduction to the
    workforce system and the electronic tools most helpful to library staff. Free
    registration
    is open now.

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