ALA Washington Office at Annual 2013

ALA Washington Update

Saturday, June 29, 2013
8:30–10:00a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room S502
Join us to learn about the latest developments on national politics and policy and the implications for the library community. Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will open the Washington Office Update with a new announcement. This session will also feature Susan Crawford, a former Special Assistant to President Obama for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, who will provide her views on the challenges of enabling access to broadband and information for everyone. Crawford is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and Wired magazine. Additionally, Crawford is a Roosevelt Institute Fellow and a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.

Gigabit Libraries

Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:30–11:30a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room N427bc
Professor Jon Gant of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will lead a discussion on a new Gigabit Library Initiative funded by IMLS. The purpose of the project is to help libraries develop applications and services that will meet the needs of the public, leveraging ultra-high-speed Internet service. In particular, the project focuses on socially-inclusive library experiences that meet critical human development needs, particularly for underserved populations.

“How Do I Become A Citizen?” Libraries and E-Government: Meeting The Needs of Your Community

Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:30–11:30a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room S402a
As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information, and promote civic engagement. Join us to learn how a new website (www.libegov.org) can help you more easily serve the e-government needs of your communities. This site is intended to serve as a gateway to selected e-government services and practices, embed librarian-based expertise and digital reference, serve as a point of collaboration between libraries and government agencies, as well as offer guidance on the provision of e-government services and roles to assist libraries as they continue to serve as critical community providers of e-government to a range of populations. Through partnerships with USCIS, the IRS, state library agencies, public libraries, and others, the site brings agencies and libraries together to collaborate and serve the public. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Speakers: John Bertot, Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski, and Natalie Greene from the Information Policy & Access Center – University of Maryland and Jessica McGilvray, ALA Washington Office

ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?

Saturday, June 29, 2013
1:00-2:30p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room S502
The Co-chairs and other leaders of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) summarize recent activities and talk about the strategy and plans for the future. A couple of featured speakers will provide perspectives on improving ebook access through libraries. One key theme will be how to engage authors to ensure that their ebooks are available in libraries. The session will focus on the topics included in the recently released American Libraries digital supplement “Digital Content: What’s Next?” Copies of the digital supplement will be available at the session.

Copyright in a Non-Book Media: A Primer in Art, Music, and Film

Saturday, June 29, 2013
1:00-2:30p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room S402a

Librarians and copyright experts will discuss the complexities of the copyright law as applied to music, film and other non-print formats. Speakers include The Eric Harbeson, University of Colorado, Boulder; Tom Lipinski, Kent State University and Laura Quilter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

National Public Policy, School Libraries, and Technology

Saturday, June 29, 2013
3:00-4:00p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room N427BC

How do trends in education such as “bring your own device,” social networking and collaborative learning spaces influence how students learn and how educators teach? In what ways can school librarians take advantage of these technologies and the interest in using them in K-12 education to support student learning long-term? Learn how public policy shapes K-12 education by attending the interactive session “National Public Policy, School Libraries, and Technology.”

The session is hosted by the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Participants will hear from experts about current trends in technology and education as they relate to school libraries. Speakers include Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan High School Library and Lisa Perez, network library coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries. The session will be moderated by Stacy Lickteig, who is a school librarian for Omaha Public Schools and serves as a member of the OITP Advisory Committee.

The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett

Saturday, June 29, 2013
3:00–4:00p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham Room 23A-B

How can your patrons use Census figures which are now available? On Saturday, June 29, 2013, join officials from the U.S. Census Bureau during the session “The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett,” a hands-on workshop that will teach participants how to use Censes datasets available. The session will be held in Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham Room 23A-B from 3:00–4:00p.m. Stephen Laue, informative services specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Chicago Regional Office, will teach participants how to access Census statistics via the American Community Survey. Attendees will learn how to use DataFerrett, an analytical and visualization tool that searches and retrieves data across federal datasets and creates complex tabulations, business graphics and thematic maps.

This program is an introduction to the basics of locating variables and creating custom reports and data presentation documents. This workshop will demonstrate how to browse available datasets, select variables form datasets, create new variables from existing ones and produce customized analyses using tables, graphs, and maps. Great for patrons of public, K-12 school and college libraries.

The session is hosted by the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Participants will hear from experts about current trends in technology and education as they relate to school libraries. Speakers include Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan High School Library and Lisa Perez, network library coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries. The session will be moderated by Stacy Lickteig, who is a school librarian for Omaha Public Schools and serves as a member of the OITP Advisory Committee.

Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services

Sunday, June 30, 2013
8:30-10:00a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room N427BC
Each year, OITP and LITA recognize cutting-edge technologies in library services. In early 2013, five libraries were highlighted for offering innovative programs. This session features representatives from these libraries who will discuss their services that earned the cutting edge recognition.

Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1

Sunday, June 30, 2013
1:00–2:30p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S501BCD

Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help filling out Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, library patrons will stream into libraries to learn about new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons.

To learn how to serve patrons on the new health program, participate in “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1, Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 1:00–2:30p.m. in the McCormick Place Convention Center Room S501BCD. Speakers include Jackie Garner Medicaid consortium administrator; Susan Hildreth, director of Institute of Museum and Library Services and Kendra Morgan, senior program manager, OCLC Webjunction.

WE TOLD YOU SO…Proven Use of the “Library Provision” of the USA PATRIOT and other surveillance issues

McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S501BCD
Sunday, June 30, 2013
3:00-4:00p.m.

THE USA PATRIOT Act never went away, and now we know for sure that they have used it as we suspected. Michael German, senior policy counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, will teach participants about the latest wholesale use of Section 215 by the Administration to get cell phone records from cell carriers and how those carriers just turned over all subscriber phone records; hear about surveillance of AP Wire Service reporters, the search for whistleblowers and the implications for the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press of these activities.

Maintaining Teen E-Collections

Monday, July 1, 2013
10:30am-11:30a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center Room S106A
In “Maintaining Teen E-Collections,” a new program sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, participants will have the opportunity to talk to experts about building strong teen e-collections. Attendees will get the chance to connect with experts who are piloting teen collection projects and developing best practices.

Session speakers include Christopher Harris, coordinator of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley (NY) Educational Partnership; Gretchen Kolderup, supervising librarian for Teen Services, Bronx Library Center, New York Public Library; Courtney Lewis, director of libraries, Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, Kingston, PA; Rachel McDonald, teen librarian, King County Library System, WA; Jackie Parker, teen librarian for Lynnwood Library, Sno-Isle Libraries, WA; and Marijke Visser, assistant director of OITP and staff liaison to ALA’s Digital Content Working Group

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