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Recent Steps Toward Improved Access to Federal Legislation
by Barbie E. Keiser
During recent virtual meetings, representatives of several government entities showed how they had used the time during the pandemic to increase the public's access to legislative information. The real takeaway from each online meeting is the degree to which these entities collaborate on projects. The Library of Congress (LC), the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and the Office of the Secretary of the Senate are working to give the public access to legislation and support material more quickly than in the past, along with more options for searching.

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ALA Plans Instagram Live Conversations on Libraries and Internet Connectivity
ALA is hosting Connectivity Corner, a bimonthly series of Instagram Live conversations between president Patty Wong and library practitioners who work to bring their community high-speed broadband, technology, and digital skills training.
EFF Puts Pressure on Apple to End Its iPhone-Scanning Project
On. Sept. 13, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) led a protest demanding that Apple discontinue the development of its iPhone surveillance software program because it endangers the privacy and security of its customers and could create increased surveillance activity globally.
Amazon Invests in Employee Education
Amazon announced that more than 750,000 U.S. operations employees are eligible to receive fully funded college tuition, which includes the expenses of classes, books, and fees.
Simbi Adopts Curriculum License From CCC
Simbi, a Canada-based reading platform for children, adopted CCC's Annual Copyright License for Curriculum & Instruction to streamline its permissions process when using copyrighted material.
'Recent Ownership Changes of Three Influential News Publications Pose Interesting Questions for Librarians and Researchers' by Marydee Ojala
Marydee Ojala writes the following for Information Today Europe's ILI365 site: "Berlin, Germany-based Axel Springer will acquire POLITICO, including the remaining 50 percent share of its current joint venture POLITICO Europe, as well as the tech news website Protocol from Robert Allbritton."

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Plano Public Library Breaks Down Technology Barriers
by Brandi Scardilli
The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is presented to an organization that plans, develops, and applies a patron-training program that explores IT in a library setting. The 2021 winner is Plano Public Library (PPL) in Plano, Texas, for its program Breaking Down Barriers With Tech Training, which provides one-on-one instruction for community members in need of technology help. This instruction can include basic computer skills, how to download library apps, how to search the internet, and how to use Google Docs.

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