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American Library Association releases national policy agenda

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a national policy agenda for libraries to help library advocates ‘engage actively in policy conversations with a strong, consistent voice’. The policy agenda addresses two broad themes: ‘building library capacity to advance national priorities’ and ‘advancing the public interest’. Areas for capacity-building include education and learning, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness, while public interest topics include balanced copyright and licensing, systems for digital content, and privacy and transparency. ‘The vision for this collaborative national policy effort is to change perceptions of libraries from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to “essential,” and to earn libraries a seat at the table during decision making,’ the document states. View the policy agenda here.



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