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Some more programs that you might be interested in at Annual...

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference, the Washington Office has arranged training for librarians on important issues their patrons will face.

The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett

As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies, how can your patrons use Census figures which are now available? Join officials from the U.S. Census Bureau for a hands-on workshop that will teach participants how to use Census datasets. This workshop will demonstrate how to browse available datasets, select variables from datasets, create new variables from existing ones and produce customized analyses using tables, graphs, and maps. Great for patrons of public, K-12 school and college libraries.


Stephen Laue, information services specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Chicago Regional Office, will teach participants how to access Census statistics via the American Community Survey. Attendees will learn how to use DataFerrett, an analytical and visualization tool that searches and retrieves data across federal datasets and creates complex tabulations, business graphics and thematic maps. This program is an introduction to the basics of locating variables and creating custom reports and data presentation documents.


Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 3 – 4:00 pm in Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham Room 23A-B from 3:00–4:00p.m.



Proven Use of the “Library Provision”


Are you surprised by the latest revelations of government surveillance programs? Are you interested in the government’s need to improve the balance between individual privacy rights and terrorism prevention?  Michael German, senior policy counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will detail government spying.  He will discuss the latest wholesale use of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act by the NSA and the FBI to get cell phone records from cell carriers and how those carriers just turned over all subscriber phone records.


You will also have the opportunity to hear about surveillance of AP Wire Service reporters, the search for whistleblowers and the implications for the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press of these activities.  German develops policy positions and pro-active strategies concerning national security and open government. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mr. German served for sixteen years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations.


Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 3:00-4:00p.m. in the McCormick Place Convention Center, room South 501BCD