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Discussion BIGWIG Showcase on Monday! BE THERE!

by Rachel Vacek on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 05:58 am

We have a great line-up this year for the BIGWIG Showcase, taking place on Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:30am to Noon at the Renaissance Washington Grand BR South/Central.

We have a great line-up this year for the BIGWIG Showcase, taking place on Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:30am to Noon at the Renaissance Washington Grand BR South/Central.

And guess what? Their presentations are already online! Check out the author bios and actually view the presentations prior to the Showcase!  Presenters won't be giving their presentation during the Showcase, but rather you'll have an opportunity to get an overview and engage in small group conversation with presenters and other attendees. It’s like speed-dating with the experts on the latest emerging technologies!

Check out who’s presenting:

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Open Access, DLS 2010 Program

Discussion Slides from David Gillikin

by Cynthia Porter (non-member) on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:59 pm
Open Access, DLS 2010 Program

Discussion Slides from Dori Gardner

by Cynthia Porter (non-member) on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:59 pm

Open Access:An STM Journal Publisher’s Perspective

Open Access, DLS 2010 Program

Discussion Slides from Lia Hemphill

by Cynthia Porter (non-member) on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:59 pm

Open Access textbooks at Nove Southeastern


ASCLA Board of Directors (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)

Discussion Emerging Leaders final reports, June 2010

by Susan Hornung (non-member) on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 04:20 pm

The final reports from the Emerging Leaders Group F are here:

http://connect.ala.org/node/106020

 

Susan Hornung

LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association)

Event CANCELLED due to speaker scheduling conflicts - ACRL/LLAMA/ASCLA Presidents’ Program: Capitalizing on Crisis: Leading Libraries in the Post-Recession Era

by Brian Gray on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Location: Renaissance Mayflower -Grand BR

Affecting positive change has always been a leadership test, but the current economic situation presents continuous obstacles that make it even more difficult for libraries to achieve their missions. Declining funding, library closings, service eliminations, and staff layoffs are, unfortunately, commonplace. Rather than taking a fatalistic attitude during these hard times, be challenged by our keynote speaker and reactors to think and act differently as a leader when facing uncertainty and crisis.

LearnRT (Learning Round Table)

Online Doc Model Reference Behaviors Checklist

by Peter Bromberg on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:37 am

A training checklist of model reference behaviors used by Gwinnett County Public Library to assess new employees proficiency with MRBs.  Consider using the form as is or adapting it for the specific needs of your library.

ALA Legislation Assembly Subcommittee

Discussion Problems with S. 3480 - Cybersecurity Bill - Senate Markup Scheduled

by Unknown on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 03:50 pm

Text from District Dispatch - June 23rd

Text from District Dispatch - June 23rd

In anticipation of a June 24th Senate mark-up on S. 3480, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, ALA has sent a letter, in conjunction with the Surveillance Coalition, proposing significant improvements to the legislation.  Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT.), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, introduced the bill earlier this month.  Cosponsors, at this time, are Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE.) and Susan Collins (R-ME.)  The Surveillance Coalition includes OpenTheGovernment.org, the ACLU, the Center for Democracy and Technology and OMBWatch, in addition to ALA. 

The bill’s sponsors propose creating an Office of Cyber Policy in the White House as well as a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS.)  The latter would be created to “enforce cybersecurity policies through the government and the private sector.”  Controversy has swirled around the bill because of what some critics describe as giving the president an “Internet kill switch” allowing the government to take over the Internet. 

One such report quoted Lieberman as dismissing the notion that S. 3480 “would give the president access to an Internet kill switch…however, …the government needs to be able to ‘disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war.’ (PCMag reports in Mobile Meta on June 23rd , http://mobilemeta.com/lieberman-backs-away-from-internet-kill-switch/)   Lieberman added: “The president will never take over — the government should never take over the Internet,” Lieberman said during CNN’s “State of the Union,” according to a transcript. 

But the Surveillance Coalition remains concerned about many free speech and privacy problems in the bill.   The group’s letter emphasizes the need “to ensure that cybersecurity measures do not unnecessarily infringe on free speech, privacy and other civil liberties interests.”

The coalition asks Lieberman and his committee to “clarify the scope of the legislation by restrictively defining CCI [critical communications infrastructure] so that cybersecurity responsibilities the bill imposes fall only on truly critical network components.”   The coalition also asks that the bill include a strict First Amendment scrutiny test to discern that “the action must further a compelling governmental interest and must be narrowly tailored to advance that interest. “

Many people remain concerned about S. 3480 and the implications for information sharing and privacy.  The bill would require CCI owners and operators to share cybersecurity “incident” information with [the Department of Homeland Security] DHS, which will share some of that information with law enforcement and intelligence personnel.   ALA, like others in the coalition, remains concerned that personally-identifiable information could be included.   The letter goes on to ask that the bill be changed to “ensure that information sharing activities be conducted only in accordance with principles of Fair Information Practices as articulated by the DHS Privacy Office.”    

The coalition also asks for more transparency and public reporting in its letter.  “While the bill includes several provisions requiring reports to Congress, including reports about cybersecurity emergencies about monitoring Internet traffic to and from government agencies for cybersecurity purposes, it should clarify that these reports must be made publicly.”

ALA will be closely monitoring the June 24th mark-up and will report on developments with this legislation as it moves forward.

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RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

Online Doc Representatives to RUSA Committees

by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:25 am

Appointments to RUSA-level committees

To provide better communication between RUSA-level functional committees and the sections, sections are represented on the following RUSA committees:

Appointments to RUSA-level committees

To provide better communication between RUSA-level functional committees and the sections, sections are represented on the following RUSA committees:

  • Access to Information
  • Awards Coordinating
  • Budget and Finance
  • Conference Coordinating
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Organization and Planning
  • Professional Development
  • Publications and Communications
  • Standards and Guidelines.

Section vice-chairs name these representatives and send them an appointment message. Section representatives serve the same term of office as any other appointed member of the committee, usually two years. Section representatives are in no way to be considered ex officio.

When possible, RUSA committee members who serve as section representatives will also serve on the related section committee.

In addition to having the customary responsibilities of a committee member, section representatives are expected to represent the concerns of a section and report back to the section's executive committee about the activity of the RUSA functional committee on which they serve.

From: RUSA Guide to Policies and Procedures: Chapter 2: Sections

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