Reports from ALCTS Liaisons to Other ALA Groups

The following reports were submitted by groups outside of ALCTS with whom we have formal liaison relationships.

American Association of Law Libraries: Technical Services Special Interest Section

Reported by Ajaye Bloomstone, Louisiana State University

Programs sponsored by AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section and held at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries:

  1. E-Stats Collection for Your Non-Stacks Collection
  2. Launching Into RDA: The New Frontier
  3. Law Libraries and the Semantic Web
  4. Seminoles and Gators: Can Shared Patron Driven Acquisitions of E-books Overcome the Rivalry
  5. Helping Others Learn, Connect, and Grow Through Times of Stress
  6. KIA-KIX: A Revolutionary New Classification Schedule for the 21st Century
  7. Passing the Baton: Managing Temporary and Permanent Succession Changes
  8. Innovative Interfaces/Skyriver vs. OCLC Lawsuit: Who Wins? Who Loses?
  9. Modeling Subject Authority Data: FRSAD Overview and Implementation Examples
  10. Digital Content: The What, the How, and the Where
  11. Law Library Collections Post-Microform: Future Implications for the Newest Legacy Formats
  12. Technical Services by the Seat of Your Pants

Workshops sponsored by AALL TS-SIS during AALL 2012 or of interest to technical services librarians:

  1. RDA for Law Catalogers

Programs and workshops sponsored by AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section or of interest to technical services librarians and scheduled for the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (nonmembers may call AALL if interested in attendance):


  1. Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics
  2. Linked Data: The New Bibliographic Framework in the Post-MARC World
  3. Law for the Non-JD Librarian
  4. Off the Page and Beyond the Book: New Models for Buying and Selling Legal Information
  5. Mass Digitization in the Law Library: Obstacles and Opportunities
  6. Implement/Access an E-Book Collection in a Law Library
  7. Communicating Library Value Through Successful Project Management: An AV Case Study

Workshops sponsored by AALL TS-SIS during AALL 2012 or of interest to technical services librarians:

  1. RDA Cataloging Cooperative
  2. Creating Data for the Semantic Web

ASCLA Accessibility Assembly

Reported by Kevin Furniss, Tulane University

The Accessibility Assembly met Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

  • Accessibility Assembly Chair Adam Szczepaniak to request an electronic discussion list outside of ALA Connect to allow those outside of Connect to participate
  • ALA's online conference registration form had accessibility issue. The assembly will work with ALA on this.
  • Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries (TRL), gave a presentation on disabilities, universal access, copyright and licensing in higher education, based on the December 2012 issue of Research Library Issues (a prerelease version can be found at
  • The report focuses on the shift of library collections from print to electronic and its concomitant restrictions on accessibility for the blind and visually impaired and advocates swift and aggressive action on their behalf.
  • Key policy-related findings: growing number of patrons with disabilities, growing number of legal challenges to libraries.
  • Key services and technology findings: preponderance of e-content points to demands for accessibility in the licensing and procurement process; growing involvement with library and campus IT departments.

Freedom to Read Foundation

Reported by Kay Cassell, Rutgers University

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) met on Friday, February 25, 2013 at 9 a.m.

FRTF had been following the news reports about requests to the Davis County, Utah school board to remove all copies of In Our Mothers’ House from the school library shelves. The requests complained that the book “normalizes a lifestyle we don’t agree with.” The book, written by award-winning author Patricia Polacco, depicts a family headed by two mothers. The school district ordered its librarians to remove the book from all the school libraries. In November 2012 the ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit on behalf of two students in the school district and their mother. As a result of this court case, the school district decided to return the book to the open shelves.

The FTRF Developing Issues Committee provided information and led discussions on three merging issues that could impact intellectual freedom. The first issue was the near universal use of Internet filters in school libraries and the impact the practice has on student learning outcomes. The second issue discussed claims raised by a Michigan lawsuit filed on behalf of students who claimed that their school district had failed to teach them to read in violation of their right to a public education. The third issue considered the First Amendment and privacy issues raised by the decision of a Westchester County, NY newspaper to publish the names and addresses of all gun permit owners in the region in the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy.

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ALA Membership Promotion Task Force

Reported by Deborah A. Ryszka, University of Delaware

The members of the ALA Membership Promotion Task Force are representatives of the divisions, round tables, and interest groups in ALA who are charged with promoting membership in ALA within their respective groups. At each conference this Task Force convenes and discusses issues related to membership recruitment and retention. As chair of the ALCTS Membership Committee, I represent ALCTS at this meeting.

The task force discussed the dues adjustment proposal that would be presented to ALA Council during the conference in Seattle. Prior to its meeting in Seattle, the task force had been sent the revised proposal as it would be sent to Council in Seattle and was asked for its comments and feedback. Based on those comments and feedback, discussion of the proposal continued at its meeting in Seattle. The proposal gives the ALA Executive Board leeway in how it can make future adjustments to ALA personal dues. On an annual basis, the ALA Executive Board may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar.

If the Consumer Price Index goes up, dues could go up by that percentage, if the ALA Executive Board approves the change. If there is no change or a decrease in the CPI, dues would stay the same. Under this approach, dues could go up between $1 and $4 annually, based on membership type. If the proposal is approved by members, it would take effect on September 1, 2013.

The remainder of the meeting time in Seattle was devoted to a discussion of the membership recruitment and retention initiatives the specific divisions have been involved with recently. Several similar themes related to recruitment and retention emerged from this discussion. Many divisions are working on plans for 101 events in Chicago, including the ALCTS Membership Committee. Several divisions are re-vamping their print brochures and their virtual membership materials, specifically ACRL, ALSC, and RUSA. PLA is gearing up for its 2014 conference in Indianapolis and is offering its members two years to pay for registration for this conference. Additionally, PLA is working to increase its membership by targeting early-career librarians and library school students. ALSC is investigating establishing a mentor program for its new or younger members.

As ALCTS Membership Committee chair, I reported on some of the membership activities ALCTS and the ALCTS Membership Committee have been engaged in recently, including assisting the ALCTS New Member Interest Group (ANMIG) with their mentor/mentee program in Seattle and representing ALCTS at the NMRT conference orientation on Saturday of conference in Seattle. Like the other divisions planning for 101 events for this year’s upcoming annual conference, the ALCTS Membership Committee is starting to make plans for ALCTS 101 in Chicago.