Net Neutrality- Advocacy Alert
Dec 12, 2017

                ALA Advocacy Alert-Net Neutrality!

FCC to meet on December 14th to vote on Net Neutrality Proposal.

ALA’s Advocacy Activities

View the Meeting Agenda and Live Webcast of the FCC December 14th meeting

What’s being discussed- FCC Order- “Restoring Internet Freedom”

Legislative Digest Fall 2017
Nov 10, 2017

Legislative Digest Fall 2017


NJ Libraries Construction Bond Act Passes!

Library Funding Ballot Question Passes with 60% of voters supporting the initiative.

NJ Libraries Build Communities

Topic of Interest! - Free Speech & Campus Communities

In the News!

Congress unlikely to push federal mandate on campus free speech

University of California Opens Center for Free Speech

Free Speech Debate Spreads to Stanford

Webinars, Podcasts, & Additional Resources

“So To Speak” Free Speech Podcast Latest episodes- “Berkeley then and now” and “Viewpoint diversity on campus”

“Student Rights, Protests, and Free Speech” ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom- Archived Webinar

Three new titles address the topic of Free Speech on Campus

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education “FIRE” NJ campus policy review Read the FIRE review of NJ campus policies

ALA Midwinter Event - ALA President’s Program- Are Libraries Neutral?


Visit the NJLA CUS/NJ ACRL Legislative Updates page for additional information and updates.

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Gary Marks, Jr.

NJLA CUS/ NJ ACRL Legislative Representative

The NJLA CUS/ NJ ACRL Legislative Digest is for information purposes only. No endorsement of views expressed in any article or source is intended.
Legislative Updates Summer 2017
Aug 10, 2017

Legislative Digest Summer 2017

Support Net Neutrality
Aug 10, 2017

Congress may be on recess until after Labor Day, but there are still ways you can stay involved in advocacy during the month of August!

Telling the FCC to Save Net Neutrality

There's still time to submit a comment to the FCC in support of net neutrality! The deadline to submit a comment is August 16, 2017.

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Net Neutrality Under Attack – NJLA Joins the Fight
Jul 10, 2017

Net Neutrality Under Attack – NJLA Joins the Fight

On July 12, 2017, websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Learn how you can join the protest and spread the word at

Why Librarians Must Fight for Net Neutrality
Our longstanding commitment to freedom of expression in the realm of content is well-known; in the context of the net neutrality debate, however, we believe it is equally important to stress that the freedom of libraries and librarians to provide innovative new kinds of information services will be central to the growth and development of our democratic culture. A world where librarians and other noncommercial enterprises are limited to the Internet’s “slow lanes” while high-definition movies can obtain preferential treatment overlooks a central priority for a democratic society – the necessity of enabling educators, librarians, and, in fact, all citizens to inform themselves and each other just as much as the major commercial and media interests can inform them.

The ability of the Internet to spread and share ideas is only getting better. With modern technology, individuals and small groups can produce rich audio and video resources that used to be the exclusive domain of large companies. We must work to ensure that these resources are not relegated to second-class delivery on the Internet—or else the intellectual freedoms fostered by the Internet will be constrained.

Why now? Right now, new FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has a plan to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies immense control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, the FCC will give companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we can see and do on the Internet, with the power to slow down or block websites and charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience.

But on July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Websites, Internet users, and online communities will stand tall, and sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.

The Battle for the Net campaign will provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your friends, family, followers to take action.

NJLA joins ALA and countless other organizations across our country to protest these plans to dismantle net neutrality by participating in the Battle for the Net on July 12th. Please join us.

Please also consider filing comments with the FCC opposing plans to dismantle net neutrality.  You can find guidance on how to do so at:

Learn more and join the action here:


Register for National Library Legislative Day
Dec 02, 2016


Registration for National Library Legislative Day is now open! The event will be held on May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, DC. More information can be found here.

Archived Webinar of Interest - SSRN: Another Enclosure of the Commons
Nov 04, 2016


View the webinar "SSRN: Another Enclosure of the Commons" to learn more about the unannounced removal of articles on a popular open access repository, Social Science Research Network, after it was purchased by Elsevier. The webinar was originally webcast on October 6, 2016 by ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy's Copyright Education Subcommitee and presented by Michael Wolfe, Executive Director of the Authors Alliance. 

Subscribe to District Dispatch
Oct 07, 2016


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Thank Your Senators for the New Librarian of Congress
Sep 08, 2016


Learn how to thank your Senators for confirming the appointment of the new Librarian of Congress!

Aug 10, 2016


The 114th United States Congress will be in session until January 3, 2017. Listed here are crucial library legislative priorities, compiled by the American Library Association Office of Government Relations:

APPROPRIATIONS Support funding at $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and main­tain level funding of $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. LSTA helps target library services to people of many geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic back­grounds, to disabled individuals, veterans, businesses, and to people with limited literacy skills. Half of all IAL funds provide school library materials to low-income communities.

COPYRIGHT Immediately move to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty for the print disabled and, in parallel, consider and pass its associated implementing legislation with proposed “report” text without change. The Treaty will afford 4 million print disabled Americans critical new access to copyrighted material worldwide vital to their education, work and quality of life. ALA does not believe that full implementation of the agreement requires any changes to US law, but does not oppose those proposed by the Administration, as written. ALA DOES vigorously oppose any and all changes to the proposed legislation and associated Committee report text that could delay or derail the Treaty’s ratification. ALA also is equally committed to respecting the rights of authors and to assuring that overly restrictive copyright laws do not thwart the Framers’ intent that copyright is meant “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts….”

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION Pass “FASTR,” the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S.779/H.R. 1477), rapidly conference the FOIA Improvement and FOIA Oversight and Implementation Acts (S.337/H.R.653) and send the approved Report to the President for signature, take up and pass the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act (S.2639/H.R.4702), and assure continued public access to the unique information collections held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). ALA is strongly committed to: no-fee access to all government-funded information and reports; robust support for all federal libraries and archives; maximum public access to all non-classified government information; and funding a single repos­itory for NTIS’ unique scientific and technical collections.                                 

PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE Restore the Constitu­tional privacy rights of library users and all Americans lost to overbroad, invasive and insufficiently “checked and balanced” provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelli­gence Surveillance Act (FISA), and Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). ALA urges immediate passage of the ECPA Amendments and Email Privacy Acts of 2015 (S.356/H.R.699) and reform of Section 702 of FISA. Librarians have long defended against government attempts to obtain patrons’ borrowing and internet use records without a warrant believing that liberty need and must not be sacrificed to security.  

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Support the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules and modernization of the Lifeline program to close the “homework gap,” as well as legislation to ensure that all libraries have access to affordable high-capacity broadbandPreserving an Open Internet is essential to freedom of speech, educational achievement, and our nation’s economic growth. Internet service providers should not be information gatekeepers. ALA urges all Members of Congress to protect Open Internet principles, assuring equitable access to online information, applications and services for all. ALA also supports legislation that creates new opportunities for underserved and rural committees to access the Internet, and efforts to ensure that sufficient and appropriate spectrum continues to be available for public use.



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