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Discussion Proposed Library Issues and Advocacy Task Force for SRRT

by Alison Lewis (non-member) on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 02:08 pm

I would like to propose a new task force within SRRT -- the Library Issues and Advocacy Task Force.  There's been a lot of talk about SRRT's focus of late -- I think it's time to quit talking and start doing!  I've set up this discussion forum as an area to discuss the following --

I would like to propose a new task force within SRRT -- the Library Issues and Advocacy Task Force.  There's been a lot of talk about SRRT's focus of late -- I think it's time to quit talking and start doing!  I've set up this discussion forum as an area to discuss the following --

  • Level of interest in such a task force -- would you join and be willing to work on issues in such a task force?  My hope would be that SRRT members could be actively involved in this task force whether or not they can attend face-to-face meetings.  For those who are able to attend ALA Mid-Winter in Boston, let's get together at the All Task Force meeting and do some brainstorming! Any discussion there can be reported back to all who may be interested via ALA Connect and/or other means.
  • What issues would you most be interested in working on?  Ones that spring to my mind are: Closings and proposed closings of state libraries.  Budget cuts in tough economic times adversely affecting libraries. Library salaries and labor issues.  Raising general public awareness of "worth" of libraries in the public sphere.
  • What other groups inside and outside of ALA can we partner with on such issues?  There are groups working on these issues already, but I think that SRRT should have a voice in these matters as well.
  • How could we most effectively work on these issues?  Lobbying?  Letter writing campaigns?  Creating educational tools?  Writing resolutions?
  • What is the most effective means of communication for this proposed task force?  Listserv? Wiki? ALA Connect? Other?

Please share your own thoughts and ideas!

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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Discussion Brainstorming Category #4: Assess ALA divisions' efforts to involve and retain young librarians

by Brett Bonfield on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 02:18 pm

This discussion thread is for ideas that are closely connected to the following category:

Review how ALA divisions have reorganized to streamline processes; assess if this has resulted in improved involvement and retention of young librarians.

For additional context, please see: Brainstorming Introduction: Categories 1-4 (and None of the Above).

ALA Task Force on proposed Google Book Search (GBS) settlement

Online Doc Questions List (FAQ?)

by Karen Coyle on Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 09:54 am

 

 

  1. What happens to the current contracts that some libraries have with Google?
  2. Will the subscription services include any features that would gather user information, such as anything that takes an email address?
  3. Will the subscription service include the commercial features, such as buying copies of out of print books?
  4. What will the capabilities be for public domain books? Download?
  5. Will print-on-demand be one of the possiblities?
  6. Will there be advertising on any of the products?
  7. How will pricing be determined? FTE? Amount of use?
  8. How often will pricing change? Will it be possible to lock in a price for a number of years?
  9. What plan is there for termination of the service by Google? Will all scans be escrowed? What happens to the service itself?
  10. Who can access the registry? What, if any, part of it will be public access?
  11. Copyright law has fairly broad allowances for educational and classroom use. Will this be replicated in the contracts with educational institutions?
  12. Can my library buy just those books it needs to round out its collection?
  13. What will the services be for public domain books - like printing, mashing together content from multiple books, etc?
  14. Why is there no mention of school libraries in the settlement? Were they purposely excluded?
  15. Is it true that OCLC network organizations are not allowed to negotiate as consortia under the settlement? Why is that?
  16. What is the status of works that have been scanned by a library or some other institution, but are contributed to Google Book Search? Do they have the same restrictions as books scanned by Google?
  17. Other than allowing or disallowing advertising, do rights holders have any say over the presentation of their works (e.g. use of covers, ranking, metadata?)
  18. Can a library combine its LDC database with any other digital copies for the purposes of non-consumptive research?
  19. Where does the book metadata come from? What data does it include?
  20. Does the definition of periodical (1.102, p. 13) include yearbooks (e.g. almanacs) and reference works (e.g. Physician's Desk Reference)?
  21. Can Google turn the institutional subscription service over to a third-party vendor at will?
  22. If Google excludes a book, will that information be publicly available in the registry? (p. 36)
  23. How is "government" defined on p. 42 in the pricing bands?
  24. If Google determines that book is in copyright, but perhaps is not, who can contest this?
  25. Can public libraries subscribe to the institutional subscription? If so, what is the cost basis? (The document says "FTE" but public libraries don't have FTE). (p. 42)
  26. If someone claims a book in the registry that they in fact have no rights over, how is this detected? Is there a penalty?
  27. Who is responsible for the accuracy of the registry?
  28. Will libraries or institutions be able to create collections within the GBS? That is, to select and mark particular items as part of a bibliography or reading list.
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snopesALA

Discussion Myth: ALA checks your bank account to make sure you have $10,000 if running for president

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 01:09 pm

I recently participated in a discussion in which someone posted a rumor that ALA requires presidential candidates to prove they have $10,000 in their bank accounts in order to run their campaigns.

This rumor is categorically false, as verified for me by Mary Ghikas, Senior Associate Executive Director at ALA. There are no monetary or financial requirements to run for ALA president, although you might need lots of caffeine.

WAC Strategic Plan Subcommittee

Discussion Information on 2015 Environmental Scan

by Karen Muller on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

The collection of materials for the environmental scan for background materials for the development of the ALA 2015 strategic plan is available at http://connect.ala.org/node/76482

We should identify documents to add to either Technological Environment or The American Library Association. 

 

KLM 

ALA Council

Discussion ALA-APA 2010 Midwinter Meeting documents

by Jenifer Grady (non-member) on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 09:06 am

The ALA-APA documents from Midwinter are posted, including the new Salary- and Status-Related Policies.  Thank you.

http://www.ala-apa.org/about/documents.html.

snopesALA

Discussion ALA's Content Management System (CMS)

by David Vess on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 07:43 pm

A Content Management System is a system for managing content and providing it in various formats.  There are several types of content management systems but I'm focusing on ALA's Web Content Management System.

A Content Management System is a system for managing content and providing it in various formats.  There are several types of content management systems but I'm focusing on ALA's Web Content Management System.

Currently ALA is using the Serena Collage web content managment system (CMS).  Collage is no longer being developed by Serena.  ALA is shopping for a new CMS.  The ALA Content Management Taskforce of Website Advisory Committee (WAC) is hard at work dealing with ALA's future CMS.

In December the WAC CMS Selection Taskforce publicly released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the migration of ALA's web site into a new content management system.  Responses to the RFP are requested by February 15, 2010.

Project Deadlines from the RFP: (NB: ALA’s fiscal year begins September 1st.)

  • Ballpark pricing (optional, and no legal hold-to, just very useful for assistance with our fiscal 2011 budget cycle): January 5, 2010
  • Proposals due February 15, 2010; early proposals welcome
  • Optional: Site visits by prospective vendors who wish to make presentations to staff: February – April, 2010
  • Project awarded: May 2010
  • Requirements document: August 1, 2010
  • Work to begin: September 1, 2010
  • Completion: No later than May, 2011

Currently, Drupal is being used as a content managment system for:

"Drupal is being strongly considered for the next ala.org CMS (we will continue to use Serena Collage for most of this year), a decision hasn't been made and we are open to all options, commercial or open-source."  -Sean Bires, ITTS (Information Technology and Telecommunication Services)

 

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LearnRT (Learning Round Table)

Discussion Call for Articles - LearningExchange

by Kimberly Chapman on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Learning Round Table Members:

We're gearing up to produce the next issue of the LearningExchange.

Do you have training ideas, suggestions or experiences to share? We'd love to hear from you!

Send your submission to editor@alalearning.org -

Deadline: February 8th, 2010, 5 pm PT

Kimberly Chapman and Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
LearningExchange Editors

ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee

Discussion 2010 Midwinter Follow-Up--Autism Book List

by Sarah English (non-member) on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 08:19 pm

Thanks to Anitra for sharing this great autism book list with us!

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