>> Selected news and announcements from the ALA Council list, Chapter Relations Office or Washington Office that might be of interest to Hawaii Library Association members

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New copyright regulations coming to college campuses

District Dispatch has posted a new item, 'New copyright regulations coming to college campuses'

Starting July 1, new copyright regulations will apply to colleges that participate in federal student aid programs. The regulations implement provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) relating to copyright infringement on campus networks.

HEOA creates three new requirements for colleges, as summarized by EDUCAUSE: -An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law -A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more
technology-based deterrents” -A plan to “offer alternatives to illegal downloading”

The Department of Education has provided a sample text that colleges may use to summarize the penalties for violating federal copyright laws. EDUCAUSE also has a collection of resources on the HEOA copyright provisions, including information on compliance.

ALA is concerned with this unfunded mandate that outsources copyright enforcement to institutions of higher education. However, the ultimate impact of the law will determined by colleges, which have considerable flexibility in meeting the new requirements. ALA encourages academic librarians to engage with the compliance process on their campus, ensuring that policies are consistent with the principles of librarianship, including information access and intellectual freedom.

Gavin Baker
Information Technology Policy Analyst, OITP

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'ALA’s Committee on Legislation releases toolkit to guide librarians with E-Government services'

District Dispatch has posted a new item, 'ALA’s Committee on Legislation
releases toolkit to guide librarians with E-Government services'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation (COL) announces the release of the E-Government Toolkit, created by the committee to assist librarians with addressing the growing public demand for assistance with online government services.

According to ALA research, 61 percent of libraries report providing access to government information is one of the most critical Internet services they provide. As government agencies at the local, state, and federal level continue to shift the availability of services directly to the public by putting them online, new opportunities as well as challenges emerge for the nation’s

“COL established a goal to produce this toolkit with tips and other information to guide librarians in planning, managing, funding and promoting E-Government services,” said Jessica McGilvray, assistant director of the ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR), who serves as ALA staff liaison to COL’s E-Government Subcommittee.

“We are excited to contribute this tool to libraries, and we hope that it will be a go-to source librarians can count on when addressing this growing trend.”

McGilvray said the Washington Office’s break-out session, “E-Government Services and a New Toolkit” during Annual Conference in Washington is a great opportunity to learn more about this issue. The session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 26, in Convention Center, Room 204 B/C.

The panel discussion will feature the following speakers: Nancy Fredricks, a Pasco County Florida Librarian; John Bertot with the University of Maryland; Richard Huffine with the U.S. Geological Survey; and Michelle Chronister representing the U.S. General Services Administration.

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'Institute of Museum and Library Services and Department of Labor announce new partnership'

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration held a press conference today at the Washington Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference to announce a new partnership that will help job seekers access employment and training services in public libraries.

“Public libraries are working diligently in our urban, suburban and rural communities to be an essential partner in putting people back to work, helping people stay in their jobs, and giving people a step up to a better job. We are pleased to be here to announce the partnership between the Department of Labor and the Institute for Museum and Library Services,” said Public Library Association President Sari Feldman, who opened the event.

Feldman added that by working together at the federal level, IMLS and the Department of Labor can help shine a spotlight on what works and encourage even greater more effective collaborations at the state and local levels.

Jane Oates, assistant secretary for the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, acknowledged the significant efforts libraries across the country make to aid job seekers and expressed excitement that this new partnership.

More information on this partnership, including a Webinar to be released in July, will be available on District Dispatch.

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'Libraries are winners in new BTOP and BIP awards'

Libraries were well represented in the 66 BTOP and BIP awards that the White House announced today. Several libraries were named as grantees, and a number of the awards include libraries as key components of the projects.

“It is tremendously satisfying to see libraries receive badly needed support for improving their broadband connectivity,” said Dr. Alan Inouye, director of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). “ALA and others invested a lot in advocacy and education for the library community in the past year, and we’re pleased that our efforts helped to lead to a beneficial outcome for the library community.”

Projects with significant library-specific benefits include those based in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. Additional projects benefit community anchor institutions generally, which include libraries. In particular, the award to create the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) is expected to benefit many libraries. Other projects improve broadband infrastructure in particular geographic areas, which benefit everyone, including libraries, in those areas.

“Many libraries will be able to improve their technological capabilities,” said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office. “Such capabilities are essential to support patrons’ use of libraries for job searches, skills improvement, access to government resources and services, and schoolwork.”

Broadband is the new critical infrastructure for the 21st century, and ALA initiatives to promote BTOP and BIP and beyond will continue.

“ALA is engaged on many of the issues in the National Broadband Plan,” said Marijke Visser, OITP information technology policy analyst. “Currently, we are focused on the FCC’s initiative to reform the federal E-rate program, which is critical for the long-term sustainability of BTOP and BIP investments in the library community.”

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federal Department of Labor provides guidance to workforce agencies on partnering with libraries’

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) officially
encouraged its state and local workforce investment boards, state workforce
agencies, and One-Stop Career Centers to partner with public libraries to
extend their career and employment services to job seekers and unemployed
workers. The ETA's Training and Employment Notice (TEN) cements a partnership
between the ETA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that
was announced on June 25, 2010, at the American Library Association annual

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Video and photos of Google program, rally, and other Annual events available from Washington Office’

Photos and video of Washington Office activities during Annual 2010 are now
available on Vimeo and Flickr. See the list of links below.

• Library Advocacy Day (promo) http://vimeo.com/8576264
• Library Advocacy Day Rally http://vimeo.com/12974793
• Library Advocacy Day Video Contest Winners
• Washington Office 2010 Update http://vimeo.com/album/247628
• Google Book Settlement Panel http://vimeo.com/album/247425

• Library Advocacy Day Rally
• Google Book Settlement Panel
• Washington Office Update
• Mark Bard Memorial Dedication Ceremony
• Patterson Award Reception

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to offer two webinars regarding collaboration with libraries’

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration will soon offer two webinars related to collaboration with libraries as part of its new partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):

July 19: This webinar will highlight promising state and local examples of workforce-library collaboration. Details to be announced on the Workforce3One website. (Registration is required to access site content.)

August 11: This webinar on WebJunction will present an introduction to the
workforce system and the electronic tools most helpful to library staff. Free
registration is open now.