RED, WHITE, & YOU : The Patriot Librarian in Today’s Information Environment Workshop

RED , WHITE , & YOU : The Patriot Librarian in Today’s Information Environment
AACRL/CUS Workshop
Friday, October 24, 2003, 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Library Conference Room, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

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.



Patty Pilkerton, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Keynote Address
Emily Sheketoff

Three Reichs, You’re Out!
Moderator: 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.

Decaf? Filtering in the Library?
Moderator: 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.