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John Chrastka and Deirdre Ross at ALA Midwinter meeting 2010, Boston

by Jennifer Kutzik on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:48 pm

Hard-working ALA staffers, John Chrastka and Deirdre Ross at ALA Midwinter meeting 2010, Boston

LSSIRT (Library Support Staff Interests Round Table)

Patty Wong and Camila Alire deliver Frontline Advocacy program

by Jennifer Kutzik on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:42 pm

Patty Wong and Camila Alire deliver Frontline Advocacy program at ALA Midwinter Boston 2010.

ALA Council

ALA President-Elect Roberta Stevens and LSSIRT Councilor Jennifer S. Kutzik

by Jennifer Kutzik on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:26 pm

ALA President-Elect Roberta Stevens and LSSIRT Councilor, Jennifer S. Kutzik, after Council III.

ALA Council

New ALA Executive Board members, J. Linda Williams and Kevin Reynolds

by Jennifer Kutzik on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:23 pm

New ALA Executive Board members, J. Linda Williams and Kevin Reynolds.

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

Discussion Google and government documents

by William Bill Sleeman on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 08:19 am

 

 

I would like to return to a topic that I mentioned in our initial telephone conference call before the holidays. That is urging Google to release in full text for general access, outside of their proposed scanned books database, the various federal documents that they have received from participating libraries. [Because not everything that is a federal publication that might be in Goggle comes from the FDLP I define these “federal documents” as any publication produced, distributed or published by the Government Printing Office and distributed to the participating libraries via the FDLP. ]

When I raised this in our earlier conference call my concern was quickly dismissed with a comparison to the Lexis/CIS product (which is not really apples to apples) and with the suggestion that users could rely on the HathiTrust as an alternative source for this information.  Admittedly the HathiTrust is an exciting project but even with OCLC’s influence in developing a front end it will remain primarily a tool of the library community and is not likely to displace Google as the preferred means of getting access to government information. Google’s unique position as “the source” for information on the Internet is exactly why we are all concerned about the ABS and why we should, as librarians, be pushing them to make the government documents they have scanned from FDLP participants freely available in full. These documents are neither orphan  works nor are they copyrighted content – they are public domain resources  - and by allowing Google to treat them as they do other works that they have scanned we will be allowing them to charge the public and libraries for information that was distributed to all citizens with the intention that it be freely available.

In March of 2009 when I was invited to meet with Google representatives in Washington I asked a wide variety of contacts in the library community (not just documents librarians) for their concerns and almost all of them urged, among other issues, that we push Google to release the federal documents in full.  I, and many of my colleagues in and out of the government information realm, view this as a priority for the Association. While Google often claims that their concerns regarding access to government documents is based on the use of copyrighted materials within the publications, after 26 years in the field I can say with some assuredness that copyrighted material makes up only a very, VERY small portion of the overall content. Google’s insistence on limiting access robs the public of a good to which it already has a claim and to which the impact on copyright holders is virtually nil.

ALA has a long and respected history of working for and protecting the public’s right to know through open, free, unencumbered access to government information.  In fact, the goal of protecting free, permanent public access to government information was part of the five-year ALA 2010 Strategic Plan and a similar statement has been included in the draft version of the ALA 2015 Strategic plan that will be voted on at Midwinter. The fact that these documents were scanned by Google does not change that underlying need. I believe that this clearly falls within the charge given to the group and while I cannot attend MW (although I am looking at ways to participate virtually) I hope that the group will consider making this a priority in our future meetings and communications with Google.  

Bill Sleeman,

Assistant Director   for Technical Services

Thurgood Marshall Law Library

The University of Maryland School of Law

501 W. Fayette Street

Baltimore, MD. 21201

410-706-0783

bsleeman@law.umaryland.edu

 

 

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ALCTS New Members Interest Group

Discussion ANMIG Midwinter Boston Recap

by Keisha Manning on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

ANMIG Midwinter Boston Recap

 

Thank you to all who attended the ANMIG meeting at ALA Midwinter, Boston.

We had a terrific turnout. Most of the attendees were not members of our existing community. That shows increased interest in what we are doing, and we will continue to provide the best value for our community.

A summary of the meeting and the meeting minutes can be accessed as an online doc within our ALAConnect space.

ANMIG Midwinter Boston Recap

 

Thank you to all who attended the ANMIG meeting at ALA Midwinter, Boston.

We had a terrific turnout. Most of the attendees were not members of our existing community. That shows increased interest in what we are doing, and we will continue to provide the best value for our community.

A summary of the meeting and the meeting minutes can be accessed as an online doc within our ALAConnect space.

At the ANMIG meeting we elected the newest additions to the ANMIG team. I want to take this opportunity to introduce them.

Amy Jackson, University of New Mexico is now the Chair-Elect, and will be assuming the role of Chair immediately following ALA Annual in June.

Erica Findley, Pacific University Library, is now the ANMIG Secretary.

Raik  Zaghloul, University of Arizona, is now our Web Coordinator.

 

Meeting Highlights/Future Plans

Members expressed the need for a “Buddy System”. Members engaging in the program would have the opportunity to pair up with an ALCTS veteran, who could show them the inner workings of the organization, help them decide on what events to attend at conferences, and introduce them to key people within their interest area.

Over the next few months, the ANMIG will be working in conjunction with the community to arrive at the best way of providing this service for our members.

Once again, thanks to all who attended. For our members who could not, we understand the financial restrictions that you are under. We also understand that many of you will remain virtual participants, and we welcome your participation.

Sincerely,

Keisha Manning, Chair ALCTS new members Interest Group

 

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ALCTS New Members Interest Group

Online Doc ANMIG Midwinter Boston Meeting Summary

by Keisha Manning on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

ALCTS New Members Interest Group

Midwinter Meeting Summary

01/16/10 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Summary: Keisha Manning

Please download PDF for meeting minutes

ALCTS

Event ALCTS E-forum: Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution

by Kristin Martin on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:52 am

Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution

Moderated by: ALCTS Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

E-forum starts at 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 7 AM Mountain, and 6 AM Pacific time

Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution

Moderated by: ALCTS Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

E-forum starts at 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 7 AM Mountain, and 6 AM Pacific time

Library technical services have been undergoing radical changes and are facing new challenges due to shrinking budget, reduced positions, new E-formats and technology. Shifting priorities and seeking innovative approaches and workflows are critical in meeting these challenges. This e-forum will follow up on our program at ALA Midwinter (Saturday, January 16, 8-10 AM at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Rm. 159), covering topics such as aligning tech services with library initiatives, applying new technologies to improve workflows, leveraging cooperation across institutions, retooling technical services staff and collaborating with other departments within the library. All interested individuals, whether able to attend the Midwinter program or not, are encouraged to participate.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion.  Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/symp.... Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list.  Participation is free and open to anyone.

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Guide to Reference

Discussion RUSA announces 2010 reference and literary awards; award event video included

by Patrick Hogan (staff) on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 06:43 pm

RUSA’s 2010 selections for the best in adult reading, reviewing and reference for 2010.

See below for links to blog posts about each award—complete with the winners list—or check out this summary post:

http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2010/01/20/mw10-bookandmediaevent/

 

Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc) Webcast Video now available at ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 05:40 pm

 

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

 

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

As announced previously, the 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast video (1 hour) has landed on ALA Island! Awards announced include the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the various Coretta Scott King Awards, the Geisel and Printz Awards, Alex Awards, and more! Teleport directly to the Main Stage - http://tinyurl.com/slyma2010

Available "on demand" 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Click your movie camera icon and enjoy!

For a full accounting of all of the awards announced so far from the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, see the ALA MemberBlog entries, 2010 Youth Media Award Winners AnnouncedRUSA Announces Outstanding Reference and Notable Books, and Want More on the Youth Media Awards?

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