November 17, 2017

Archives for January 2017

Utah: “Senate Panel OKs Bill to Block Pornography on Library Wi-Fi”

From the Associated Press: A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker’s campaign against pornography. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children’s thinking about […]

Utah: “Senate Panel OKs Bill to Block Pornography on Library Wi-Fi”

From the Associated Press: A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker’s campaign against pornography. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children’s thinking about […]

Library Copyright Alliance Shares Comments About U.S. Copyright Office Reform, New Register of Copyrights

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has released responses/answers re: the next Register of Copyrights and reform of the re: U.S. Copyright Office. LCA consists of ALA, ARL, and ACRL. 1. Responses to Survey re: expertise needed by next Register of Copyrights (1 page; PDF). Here’s one question and response: What should be the top three priorities […]

Setting the Standards for Saving Email

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the U.K.-based nonprofit Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) in November 2016 announced the formation of a Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives.

A Unified Voice: Confronting an Assault on Information | Editorial

I wrote recently that the rate of media illiteracy is the information crisis of our time (“Faked Out,” School Library Journal, 1/17, p. 6), but now that very real issue has nonetheless been trumped by a full-on deliberate assault on the flow of information—from journalism and scientific research to dissemination via social media and traditional channels. There is no such thing as an alternate fact, but there is certainly an alternate reality: a chilling, censorial, obfuscating one being offered as a threatening new normal by the new federal administration in the first days and weeks of 2017.

ALA Releases Statement Re: Recent Actions by New Administration

UPDATE (February 13, 2017) CLIR and DLF Leadership Reaffirm Commitment to Advance, Protect, and Uphold the Shared Values of our Information Communities UPDATE (February 10, 2017) Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Invites Public to Share Messages of Love, Support to KC Immigrant Community Minnesota: Hennepin County Library Posts Messages That ‘All are Welcome Here’ UPDATE (February 9, 2017) […]

ALA Releases Statement Re: Recent Actions by New Administration

UPDATE (February 13, 2017) CLIR and DLF Leadership Reaffirm Commitment to Advance, Protect, and Uphold the Shared Values of our Information Communities UPDATE (February 10, 2017) Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Invites Public to Share Messages of Love, Support to KC Immigrant Community Minnesota: Hennepin County Library Posts Messages That ‘All are Welcome Here’ UPDATE (February 9, 2017) […]

Power to the People | Collection Development: Alternative Energy, February 1, 2017

URBAN NORTH AMERICANS consume a lot of energy each day—per capita, 100 times that of pre­agricultural humans. These 30 resources will connect with readers wanting to enter the energy industry or learn more about techniques and costs.

Improving Federal and State Policy & Family Engagement in Libraries | ALA Midwinter 2017

Update as of February 2017: Since this post was published, the Department of Education has removed the website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). LJ is keeping  the original post as is, in case IDEA is reinstated. A rainy day didn’t prevent attendees from joining a session on Improving Federal and State Policy […]

ARL and AAUP Issue Statement Opposing Trump’s Immigration Order

FULL TEXT of a Joint Statement by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) & Association of American University Presses: President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily barring entry into the US by individuals from seven countries is contrary to the values held by libraries and presses, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association […]