Archive for November, 2009

Updated guide to Google Books Settlement released

An updated guide to the Google Books Settlement has been released by the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries.  The guide includes information about the agreement reached on November 13th.  For more information, including a link to the guide, please see the District Dispatch posting.

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ALA files comments on E-rate

In response to a call for comments from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the American Library Association (ALA) filed comment on changes needed in the e-rate to improve broadband deployment.  For more information on their comments, including a link to the comments, please see the District Dispatch posting.

FREE Program! Advocacy 101 – Getting Your Message Heard

Thursday,  February 4, 2010, 10:00am – 1:00pm; Registration begins at 9:30am.
Provinces Branch – AACPL, Severn, MD
(Snow date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 at the same time and location.)
 
Libraries are facing critical shortages in funding and resources at the federal, state, and local levels.  Learn how to successfully advocate for your library system.  You will gain knowledge and understanding of how the State of Maryland operates and will use this knowledge to effectively get your message heard by the right people.  Learn how to use Capwiz, the latest tool that makes contacting your elected officials easy.  Learn tips and insider information on being an effective advocate for your library system.
 
Advocacy 101 is perfect for Directors, Trustees, Library Staff, Friends and Community advocates.  This program is sponsored by the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Panel and will be presented by the Legislative Panel’s officers: Mary Baykan, Mary Hastler and Natalie Edington.
 
This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education.
 
Registration Information
Cost – FREE!
To register, go online to the online registration form (enter sixteen 0’s for the credit card number) or call the Maryland Library Association Office at 410-947-5090.

Maryland Library Association passes resolution on PATRIOT Act

On Wednesday, November18th, the Executive Board of the Maryland Library Association (MLA) passed a resolution outlining shared concerns and desired reforms regarding the USA PATRIOT Act.  MLA is currently contacting members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation to express the need for amendments when reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act. 

Several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009.  There were several pieces of legislation introduced in Congress to reauthorize the Act with some amendments.  Most notably, the USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 (S 1692) passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  It is not clear when this or any bill will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.  For commentary on S 1692 from the American Library Association’s Washington Office, see the October 13th District Dispatch posting.

Public libraries safe in latest round of mid-year budget cuts

On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved the latest round of mid-year budget cuts.  Public libraries were not targeted in this round; however, state employees throughout various departments are loosing their jobs.  The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is loosing a total of eight positions.  Six of the positions are vacant, but two are currently filled.  The Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) lost one position at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

For more details about the cuts, see the Governor’s Office press release, which contains links to a complete list and a summary of budget actions.

Amended Google Books Settlement agreement released

The amended Google Books Settlement agreement was released. For a link to the documents, see the District Dispatch posting – Google, Parties Release Amended Book Settlement.

For some commentary on the agreement, see these Library Journal articles:

 



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