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Mr. Michael Blackwell

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Posted By Michael Blackwell Sep 15, 2022 08:18 AM
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Hi all, This program is likely of interest: Collaborating for Access: The Outlook for Library Ebook Legislation, presented by COSLA, DPLA, and ReadersFirst Tuesday, September 27, at 1 pm ET In this fourth in our Collaborating for Access series of webinars hosted by COSLA, DPLA, and ReadersFirst, ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Sep 02, 2022 08:45 AM
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Hi Darryl, There is a process, and here it is: While roundtables are not empowered to issue statements, the Intellectual Freedom Committee, as a committee of Council, could propose an item for action by Council and the Executive Board. A working group could propose language for consideration. ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Aug 26, 2022 03:29 PM
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Thanks Amanda. Lots of time has passed since the incident, so let's see what ALA says. Michael
Posted By Michael Blackwell Aug 19, 2022 10:57 PM
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Hi all, I haven't seen a statement. The attacker has said in a interview from jail that he has read 2 Pages of Satanic Verses, "doesn't like" Rushdie because Rushdie doesn't respect Islam, and is surprised (read disappointed) Rushdie survived. Some statement is warranted. If we're going to condemn ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Jul 22, 2022 08:54 AM
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Hi all, There's much more to the Vinton Iowa Library story than is being reported. Renee Greenlee has clarified what was at stake and given permission to the IFRT to share. See the original complaint and her eloquent response:  Tweeted with a link to the letters:   https://twitter.com/IFRT_ALA/stat ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Jul 20, 2022 09:26 AM
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Hello Renee, I join Michael Gorman in expressing sympathy for having to deal with bigots.  Your stand is principled, brave, and right.  Has you leter been published online anywhere?  I'd like to tweet it out for the IFRT. Michael Blackwell, IFRT Communications Committee  Member ------------------------------ ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Jul 11, 2022 08:25 AM
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Kristin, thanks for all your great work.  It's good to know that you will continue to support libraries and librarians in a different role.  All best wishes in your new position! Michael Blackwell Director, St. Mary's County Library Member, IFRT ------------------------------ Michael Blackwell Director ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Jul 05, 2022 01:22 PM
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Hi all, Worthy of note, in case you haven't seen it yet: Library Futures Releases Policy Statement and Draft eBook Legislative Language: Mitigating the Library eBook Conundrum Through Legislative Action in the States Thanks to the Library Futures group for their advocacy! Michael Michael ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Jun 13, 2022 01:40 PM
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Hi all, Some sessions of note for the upcoming ALA Annual! E-Books Interest Group Friday, June 24, 2022 8:00am 4:00pm Location: Washington Convention Center, 152A 9:30 - 10:30: Ebooks Interest Group (Everyone welcome-publishers, vendors, librarians of course-for a wide-ranging discussion ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell May 18, 2022 02:14 PM
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Hi Ebooks Interest Group Members, You may be interested in the following upcoming webinars: On May 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern), the "Libraries are Essential" track of the U.S. Book Show may be viewed online. Here's a link to the program: https://usbookshow.com/libraries-are-essential/ ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell May 11, 2022 02:19 PM
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Hi all, Ebook Friday will go on. It is Friday, June 24th. See below for the times of various sessions and a brief agenda. The room number is Washington Convention Center, 152A. Here is a Zoom link for those of you attending virtually. I'm not sure I'll have access to a large screen for us to ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell May 05, 2022 12:30 PM
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Hi Will. Please email me off list for a question I have. Thanks. Mblackwell@stmalib.org Michael
Posted By Michael Blackwell May 03, 2022 09:48 AM
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Hi all, We plan to revive "Ebooks Friday" at ALA Annual this year (see below for schedule) but a complication has arisen. A number of you were planning on attending virtually, in some cases because your organizations are still not allowing/paying for travel. I had a Zoom meeting set up for the ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Mar 18, 2022 08:50 AM
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Hi all, On April 12, a COSLA, DPLA, and ReadersFirst Webinar will consider an important future direction for ebooks: greater accessibility. Panelists are informed experts. You won't have to put up too much with we-I'm only there to ferry questions from you, the attendee, to the panel. Join us for what ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Mar 04, 2022 08:53 AM
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Hi all, June 24th is (once again!) "Ebooks Friday" at ALA Annual. For those of you not able to attend in person, I'm working on a Zoom virtual option. 9:30 - 10:30: Ebooks Interest Group (Everyone welcome-publishers, vendors, librarians of course-for a wide-ranging discussion of trends and concerns ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Mar 03, 2022 01:59 PM
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Hi all, Some news: http://www.readersfirst.org/news/2022/3/3/overdrive-ceo-steve-potash-talks-streaming-video OverDrive CEO Steve Potash Talks Streaming Video March 03, 2022 As OverDrive moves away from the OverDrive app to Libby alone, some changes are occurring. Steve Spohn, Executive Director ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Mar 02, 2022 09:18 AM
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Following up on your question, Will. The answer is yes, we will offer a virtual option. I'll set up a Zoom and use a microphone and speakers with laptop to try to allow for interaction between in-person and virtual attendees. We'll do our best! Michael
Posted By Michael Blackwell Feb 22, 2022 01:12 PM
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Hi, Will, An excellent question and the answer is . . . I'm not sure. Let me find out. Many may not yet have their organizations ready to allow employee travel by June. We can hope for a virtual option. Details once I can provide them. Michael
Posted By Michael Blackwell Feb 18, 2022 11:02 AM
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The Internet Archive and Library Futures are jointly hosting a Community Update on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). With the publishers and their lobbyists, backed by the megacorporate money and influence, doubling down on their insistence that any digital price and licensing terms are perfectly fair, ...
Posted By Michael Blackwell Feb 18, 2022 10:58 AM
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Friday, June 24th will be ebook Friday at ALA Annual. Running from roughly 9 am to 4 pm (after which, at least in pre-COVID days, people often adjourned for some social time), we will have various sessions of interest to those who have some interest in library digital content. There will be a session ...