Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joins organizations and companies across the country by participating in The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance. At the 2014 Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA, the ALA council passed a resolution supporting the USA FREEDOM Act (S.1599/H.R.3361) in Congress. The FREEDOM Act is a bicameral, bipartisan bill that seeks to end the bulk collection of telephone and internet metadata.
You can take part in this day of action by calling and/or emailing your legislators in support of the USA FREEDOM Act. If you visit ALA’s District Dispatch, you’ll be prompted with a banner that allows you to email and/or call your elected officials along with talking points. You can also use ALA’s Legislative Action Center for talking points.
For more information on this day of action and ways to participate, visit The Day We Fight Back homepage.
With the start of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session just weeks away, the 2014 MLA – MEMO Library Legislative Platform is available for review and distribution. The library community will focus on three primary areas: public library construction, telecommunications, and eBooks. As bills are introduced, CRPLSA and MLA Legislative Chair Jim Weikum (ALS Director) will monitor the progress on these issues as well as other topics that may affect library operations and service.
Plans are underway for this year’s Library Day at the Capitol. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 5 and join library supporters from around the state in St. Paul. More information will be available soon.