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Red, White & You:
The Patriot Librarian in Today's Information Environment

Friday, October 24, 2003
Library Conference Room,
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office, and Associate Executive Director, American Library Association will discuss the impact of the USA Patriot Act on today's academic library and librarians and will report on lobbying efforts before Congress and the Executive Branch. In her capacity as manager of ALA's Washington Office, Sheketoff not only directs lobbying but also works on initiatives important to the library community such as family literacy, public access to government information, first amendment protection, and intellectual property and copyright issues. She oversees the policy work done by the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), an office that promotes the development and utilization of electronic access to information as a means to ensure the public's right to a free and open information society.


  • Keynote Speaker Biography - Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office, and Associate Executive Director, American Library Association
  • Contact information for panelists & moderators
  • Bills related to Public Reporting Requirements under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (50 USC 1801 et. seq.)
  • Bills related to Section 215 Requiring Production of Any Tangible Thing (amended Sec 501 of Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act [50 USC 1861])
  • Bills related to Section 216 Modification of Authorities relating to Use of Pen Registers and Trap and Trace Devices (amends 18 USC 3121(c))
  • Bills related to Section 505 Miscellaneous National Security Authorities (modified 18 USC 2709) National Security Letters
  • Intelligence Legislation in the 108th Congress
  • USA Patriot Act Issues for Campuses
  • Draft University Resolution to Protect Civil Liberties
  • ACLU Suggestions for Resolution Campaign
  • ALA Office of Government Relations - 2003 Copyright Agenda
  • Workshop Evaluation Results


    10:00 a.m. Welcome
    Patty Pilkerton, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    10:10 a.m. Keynote Address
    Emily Sheketoff

    10:50 a.m. Break
    11:00 a.m. Three Reichs, You're Out!
    Debbie Grimes, Shelton State Community College
    Dr. Robert Burkhardt, Athens State University
    Delores Carlito, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Marcia Boosinger, Auburn University Libraries

    Scenario: Drawn from the column, "How Do You Manage?" (Library Journal, 06/01/99, vol.124, p81, by Robert R. Pankl et al), this situation features Bernard Schnappaul, a somewhat scary-looking student who is forbidden to access hate material online in a university library. Reactions will address the role of librarians in restricting access to offensive material; criticism of the campus librarian who reacted to the situation; and discussion of the legitimacy of Schnappauf's research and the reaction of a nearby student who "peeked" at Schnappauf's screen and complained to the librarian.
    11:50 p.m. Lunch
    Provided by First Perk, lunch will be delivered to the workshop and will include: sandwiches, dessert, drinks, and chips. If you would prefer a vegetarian meal, please indicate that on the registration form. Costs for lunch are included in the registration fee. First Perk is a program of First Light, a Birmingham shelter for women and children.
    1:00 p.m. Decaf? Filtering in the Library?
    Kate Ragsdale, University of Alabama
    Jean Thomason, Samford University
    Brenda Turner, Faulkner University
    Jane Keeton, Birmingham Public Library
    Denise Oliver, Alabama State Department of Education

    A panel discussion about filtering in academic, public, and school libraries. Speaking from experience, panelists focus on policies, procedures, and practical advice.

    DIRECTIONS: The workshop will be held in the Library Conference Room at Samford University. For directions, see their website at http://www.samford.edu/maps.html.

    A Note About Parking at Samford University: October 24-26 is Homecoming Weekend at Samford. While most alumni will not be using the library this weekend, parking may be more difficult than usual. If you have difficulty walking or negotiating inclines, we suggest that you park at the rear of the library (Building #9 on the maps), where there are several reserved spaces. All of the visitor parking spaces in Sherman Circle (the horseshoe in front of the library) are reserved for the workshop. Additional parking will be available in the commuter parking lot (above Riley Road) and in the East Parking Deck (#39 on the campus map). We advise that you print out the map if you have never been on campus.

    Please contact anyone listed below if you have questions:

    Patty Pilkerton, AACRL President, ppilkerton@beowulf.mhsl.uab.edu
    Debbie Grimes, AACRL Vice President, dgrimes@sheltonstate.edu
    Kim Weatherford, AACRL Secretary and CUS Chairperson, weather@jsucc.jsu.edu
    Kate Ragsdale, AACRL Treasurer, kragsdal@bama.ua.edu
    Kathy Barone, AACRL Member-at-Large,baronek@montevallo.edu
    Della Darby, AACRL Newsletter Editor, dhdarby@samford.edu
    Eric Kidwell, AACRL Legislative Liaison, ekidwell@huntingdon.edu
    Beth Ashmore, AACRL Webmaster,  beashmor@samford.edu

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    Last Modified: 10/28/2008
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