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Event RUSA Access to Information Committee Meeting

by Janet OKeefe on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 01:41 pm

Our first meeting will be on Saturday morning in Las Vegas Convention Center N227. We will meet again on Monday, July 30th at the same time in Las Vegas Convention Center N214 if necessary.

 

Online Doc Minutes from meeting at Annual 2013

by Janet OKeefe on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 01:21 pm

These are labeled as notes rather than minutes, but in absence of any official minutes, we should use these for the purpose. Please read before Midwinter or bring them with you so we can approve them.

Discussion Has anyone heard about what's happening in Britain?

by Janet OKeefe on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

No, I don't mean the royal baby.  I mean the announcement by the Prime Minister that he is going to require all ISPs to filter pornography.  Here's an article on it from The Guardian. I know that we are the American Library Association, but I still think this is something we should be aware of and maybe keep watch on how it progresses.

 

Janet

Discussion Statement on Access

by Marilyn Ochoa on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 09:50 am

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 mnochoa@ufl.edu by June 18, 2012.

Statement on Access

As reference and user services librarians, we believe that access to information is a human right.

 

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 mnochoa@ufl.edu by June 18, 2012.

Statement on Access

As reference and user services librarians, we believe that access to information is a human right.

 

We value

  1. Libraries’ role in providing people with equitable and open access to information that transcends limitations of personal economics;
  2. Our professional commitment to intellectual freedom and fair use;
  3. Protection of patron privacy;
  4. The freedom to read;
  5. Creation, distribution, and possession of information that is free from interference and censorship;
  6. Equal, ready and equitable access to information collected, compiled, produced, funded and/or disseminated by government agencies.

We support libraries, publishers, and lawmakers in

  1. Crafting copyright laws that reasonably preserve authors’ intellectual property without compromising the library user’s access to information;
  2. Providing equitable access to information for all library users;
  3. Ensuring the long-term access to print and electronic information through robust preservation and access programs;
  4. Facilitating digital and information literacy among library users.

Draft by RUSA Access to Information Committee, February 24, 2012

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To coordinate RUSA’s efforts at promoting access to information in user and reference services; to report to the RUSA Board of Directors at each Annual Conference on the current state of affairs and as needed throughout the year, recommending action in support of access to information.

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