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FEDERAL BUDGET: 'ALA #FundLibraries Campaign Kicks Off for FY2020'

Kathi Kromer writes for American Libraries, “On March 11 the White House released its FY2020 federal budget proposal, and for the third year in a row, the president has recommended eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides the main source of federal support for US libraries and museums. … The president’s proposal slashes IMLS yet again despite his December signature on the bill that reauthorizes IMLS.”

ALA is asking people to contact their congressional representatives and request that they support federal funding for libraries. They can use this form, and the deadline is March 28.

Kromer writes, “ALA’s goal is for every member and staffer to take part in our strategy to restore federal funding for libraries in FY2020. The Public Policy and Advocacy team in Washington started reaching out to every member of the 116th Congress in January. In February we delivered library challenge coins to each member of Congress and held a library card sign-up day on Capitol Hill. In preparation for the budget release, we hosted an advocacy fly-in day for ALA members in targeted congressional districts. Now, we need your voice as the congressional appropriations cycle starts.”

For more information, read the article.

FEDERAL BUDGET: 'In FY2020 Budget Proposal, Trump Renews Bid to End Federal Library Funding'

Andrew Albanese writes for Publishers Weekly, “For a third straight year, the Trump administration has proposed the permanent elimination of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and with it virtually all federal library funding.” The FY2020 proposal, titled A Budget for a Better America, includes “a $34 billion increase for the Department of Defense, and $8.6 billion for the border wall. In all, federal library funding in FY 2019, including the IMLS budget, came to roughly $233 million.” This shows that “library funding has actually increased slightly over the last two budgets. … And few people believe that his current overall budget proposal will survive in its current form in the House.”

For more information, read the article.

ARL Promotes Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Resources

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) posted a roundup of highlights from the sixth annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, held Feb. 25–March 1, 2019. Individuals and universities, libraries, library associations, and other organizations from around the world participated by posting resources such as infographics and hosting events such as panel discussions and film screenings. ARL has provided lists of selected resources, videos, podcasts, and blog posts on fair use and on fair dealing.

For more information, read the article.

EdTechnologyFunds Rolls Out E-rate Documentation Manager

EdTechnologyFunds introduced ErateDocX, a cloud-based app that facilitates E-rate documentation management for compliance with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 10-year documentation retention policy. Organizations can use this secure, centralized platform to manage their records for a low cost, including for batch uploading and downloading multiple documents at once, organizing files by funding year and category, responding to audits or review inquiries, and generating reports.

For more information, visit the website and watch the video overview.

FEDERAL BUDGET: 'ALA Hopeful for Bipartisan Support From 116th Congress, Despite "Discouraging" White House 2020 Budget Proposal'

ALA published a statement from its president, Loida Garcia-Febo, in response to the president’s FY2020 budget proposal. She says, in part:

As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives us reason to hope. Elected decision-makers, including appropriators in both the House and Senate, agree that funding IMLS programs such as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is a sound investment and that to cut funding for libraries is to undercut opportunity for their constituents. …

Not only does the administration’s new budget dismiss the value of IMLS, it reduces funding for many other worthwhile programs, including resources for children. Cutting federal support for programs like the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy comes at the cost of early literacy, often in the most underserved areas of our nation. In addition, the White House budget proposal undermines public education for all students, penalizes librarians striving to improve their professional skills, and makes careers in public service out of reach for many. …

ALA members will continue to highlight the value of libraries to our elected leaders in every U.S. congressional district. We are confident that the 116th Congress will support the federal programs that invest in our communities.

For more information, read the press release.

FEDERAL BUDGET: 'Trump's 2020 Budget Proposal Threatens to Defund Libraries'

Susie Dumond writes for Book Riot, “On March 11, the White House released President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, titled ‘A Budget for a Better America’. Coming in at $4.75 trillion, it’s the largest budget ever proposed, calling for sharp cuts to domestic and social programs and increases in military spending.”

She continues, “For the third straight year, the Trump budget proposes permanent elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency that provides library and museum grants, policy development, and research. Defunding the IMLS would effectively end all federal funding of public libraries.”

For more information, read the article.

CNN Content Is Now Available via ProQuest's Academic Video Online

ProQuest announced that more than 450 documentaries, interviews, and special films that were originally released by CNN have been added to the Academic Video Online streaming video collection for viewing and usage by worldwide academic libraries. The titles focus on topics such as women in leadership, business, globalization, and technology. More CNN content will join the collection in the coming years, all available via perpetual access.

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Unveils Globe Theatre Archive

Adam Matthew published Shakespeare’s Globe Archive, which provides “a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detail[s] the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others,” according to the press release. More than 200 productions staged between 1997 and 2016 are covered, with sources consisting of prompt books, wardrobe notes, music, performance photos, programs, publicity materials, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

Advance Plans to Buy Turnitin

Advance is acquiring Turnitin, whose products use machine learning, computer vision, and advanced AI to check for plagiarism in writing and code assignments, give students real-time feedback, and automate grading for teachers across multiple disciplines.

“Advance’s long-term perspective and commitment to education make them the perfect partner to help Turnitin advance our mission of engaging students and teachers worldwide,” says Chris Caren, Turnitin’s CEO.

The financial terms were not disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to be finalized in Q2 2019.

For more information, read the press release.



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