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The mission of the Games and Gaming Round Table is to provide the following:
  • A forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns surrounding games in libraries;
  • Resources to the library community to support the building and maintaining of library game collections;
  • A force for initiating and supporting game programming in libraries;
  • Create an awareness of, and need for, the support of the value of gaming and play in libraries, schools, and related learning communities.
  • Create an awareness of the value of games and gaming in library outreach and community engagement plans.
  • A professional and social forum for networking among librarians and non-librarians interested in games and gaming.
  • 1.  Library Community Feedback Wanted: Proposed LBOR Article VII

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 02:03 PM
    Hi, Everyone -

    Just wanted to share this message from the Intellectual Freedom Committee chair, Julia Warga, regarding the Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Manual. Please read the full message below and weigh in with your feedback on the google doc draft they are working on.

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    Hello,

    The Intellectual Freedom Manual Review Working Group, which reviewed all documents in preparation for the next edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, recommended consideration of updating the Library Bill of Rights in a narrow manner to add an Article VII focused on the concept of ensuring privacy and confidentiality for library users.

    The rationale:

    Article III of the Code of Ethics includes the protection of the library users' privacy and confidentiality as a responsibility of library staff's professional responsibilities; however, the right of library users to privacy and confidentiality is not included in the Library Bill of Rights.

    The Code of Ethics provides ethical guidance to library staff, while the Library Bill of Rights does not specifically include privacy and confidentiality among its articles described as "basic policies" which should govern the services of all libraries.

    When adopted as policy by a library's governing body, the Library Bill of Rights can represent the library's promise to the user.

    In an era of big data, Facebook revelations, and tenuous privacy protections and data security, the Library Bill of Rights should be amended to include the expectation (and promise) that libraries protect users' privacy and maintain the confidentiality and security of their personally identifiable information.

    The Intellectual Freedom Committee would appreciate feedback on this article draft by Friday, December 21. Please feel free to share this message widely. Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

     

    • Use this Google Doc link to post feedback to Google Doc draft. The IFC requests that you post comments on the document, rather than edit the document directly. To post a comment, select "Insert" in the top menu, and then click "Comment." Comments may be posted anonymously (if you're not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you're signed into your Google account).
    • Using "track changes," add comments and edits to the attached Word doc draft. You can email them to me (glynnj@kenyon.edu) or post them as a comment to this ALA Connect post, and I'll forward it to working group members.

     

    Revisions of two Library Bill of Rights interpretations will also be distributed to the library community on Monday for feedback. The Intellectual Freedom Committee will make revisions to the drafts in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the documents to ALA Council prior to the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The committee also plans to present them at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions, and please let me know if you have any questions,

    Julia Warga, Chair
    Intellectual Freedom Committee
    glynnj@kenyon.edu



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    Tina Coleman
    Marketing Specialist
    American Library Association
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  • 2.  RE: Library Community Feedback Wanted: Proposed LBOR Article VII

    Posted Dec 11, 2018 09:19 AM
    Below are the revisions of the two Library Bill of Rights interpretations that were distributed on Monday for feedback.
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    Hello,

    In anticipation of a new edition of The Intellectual Freedom Manual, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee is in the process of updating intellectual freedom-related documents.

    The IFC would appreciate feedback on the following two revisions of Library Bill of Rights interpretations by Friday, December 28. Please feel free to share this message widely.

    Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

    • Use the links above to post feedback to Google Doc drafts. The IFC requests that you post comments on these documents, rather than edit the documents directly. To post a comment, select "Insert" in the top menu, and then click "Comment." Comments may be posted anonymously (if you're not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you're signed into your Google account).
    • Using "track changes," add comments and edits to the attached Word doc drafts. You can email them to me (glynnj@kenyon.edu) or post them as a comment to this ALA Connect post, and I'll forward it to working group members.

    The Intellectual Freedom Committee will make revisions to the drafts in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the documents to ALA Council prior to the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The committee also plans to present them at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions, and please let me know if you have any questions,

    Julia Warga, Chair
    Intellectual Freedom Committee
    glynnj@kenyon.edu

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    Sara Margaret Rizzo
    Systems Librarian
    Monmouth University
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