RUSA Access to Information Committee (Reference and User Services Association) Committee
RUSA AIC Meeting, June 28, 2014
Call to order 8:45
Labeling & Rating: There are issues with tagging in ILS systems, patron reviews, etc., that are unaddressed here. In a world where authority control is becoming obsolete we need guidance on how to deal with user generated ratings.
Privacy: What about privacy of patrons posting on library sites or social media? Are we required to provide a venue for anonymous commenting? With some social networks privacy is not an option.
All the rest pending or OK.
Student led classes haven't taken shape yet. We don't know how in-depth our guide has to be. We will try to slant it toward access issues like tying the digital divide to CIPA. Clearly there is a growing need for this.
School by school thing.
Trigger warnings on-line are because you may stumble on things and you don't have to read it. If school trigger warnings mean you don't have to read it then teachers will stop assigning things. We don't want to stop talking about difficult issues. We want them discussed in this safe environment where you do have access to counseling.
Net neutrality: we are for it.
Legislative Assembly: Lisa read the proposal to add Legislative Issues to our charge. We agreed that this is the best committee to handle it. We will also look into developing training.
The Access to Information Committee (AIC) has prepared a “Statement on Access” on behalf of RUSA at the request of the RUSA Board. We are giving all interested persons an opportunity to submit comments in response to the statement. Please submit your comments publically on Connect or contact Marilyn Ochoa, Chair of the RUSA Access to Information Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 18, 2012.
Statement on Access
As reference and user services librarians, we believe that access to information is a human right.
- Libraries’ role in providing people with equitable and open access to information that transcends limitations of personal economics;
- Our professional commitment to intellectual freedom and fair use;
- Protection of patron privacy;
- The freedom to read;
- Creation, distribution, and possession of information that is free from interference and censorship;
- Equal, ready and equitable access to information collected, compiled, produced, funded and/or disseminated by government agencies.
We support libraries, publishers, and lawmakers in
- Crafting copyright laws that reasonably preserve authors’ intellectual property without compromising the library user’s access to information;
- Providing equitable access to information for all library users;
- Ensuring the long-term access to print and electronic information through robust preservation and access programs;
- Facilitating digital and information literacy among library users.
Draft by RUSA Access to Information Committee, February 24, 2012