Archive for January, 2014

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2014 – Save the Date!

The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly is underway, as is the planning for this year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day. This annual advocacy event is a time for the Maryland Library community to visit with legislators in Annapolis and virtually contact legislators using Capwiz. This year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day will be held on Wednesday, February 19th. Details will be shared closer to the date.

For information on last year’s Maryland Library Legislative Day, see the Legislative Panel’s blog post.

We hope that everyone can participate in some way!

Congress passes Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014

Last week, the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill to fund the federal government through FY 2014.  This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and other funding sources for libraries that were significantly cut by sequestration in FY 2013. LSTA appropriations increased from $175,044,000 in FY 2013, to $180,909,000 for FY 2014.

Unfortunately, the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant funding, of which half must go to low income libraries, has only been funded at $25 million, which is a $2.4 million cut from FY 2013 funding levels.

This bill also included a positive change to increase online accessibility to tax-payer funded scientific research. Designated federal agencies will be required to provide online access to some articles no more than 12 months after the articles have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their elected officials!

For more details, see the District Dispatch post.

Participate in Copyright Law Tweetchat on Jan. 7th

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Can you legally photocopy pages from that textbook? Can students legally remix music for school assignments? What does fair use mean, and how can it be applied in the school library or classroom? If you are a school librarian or educator who is confused by copyright law, you’re not alone. School principals, superintendents, educators and librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject.

On January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST, school leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.



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