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Mobile Version of Utah State Courts Website

Utah State Law Library - Tue, 01/08/2013 - 12:37pm
The Utah State Courts' website now has a mobile version available for wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets. It provides quick access to several popular resources, including court contact information, self-help resources, and court calendars. There are a few... Joanne Vandestreek

Wireless Password: giver

Utah State Law Library - Mon, 01/07/2013 - 8:28am
The wireless password for the week of January 7, 2013 is giver. More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.... Jessica Van Buren

Redesigned Utah Agency Websites

Utah State Law Library - Fri, 01/04/2013 - 9:25am
Several Utah agencies have recently redesigned their websites, including the Utah State Archives and the Utah Division of Administrative Rules. The State Archives' home page now provides quick links to its popular resources, including a central link to its... Joanne Vandestreek

OITP developing digital literacy portfolio, engaging with NTIA on Digital Literacy Portal

ALA Direct Dispatch - Thu, 02/03/2011 - 3:29pm

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is in the process of developing a digital literacy portfolio.  During Midwinter, OITP staff began meeting with a range of ALA member groups to learn more about current efforts and to help inform the portfolio development.  One outcome of the Midwinter meetings is that OITP’s Advisory Committee is supporting an OITP task force that would delve into digital literacy issues and include representatives from interested ALA units.  A formal proposal to the Advisory Committee is forthcoming, after which time OITP will connect with other ALA units to establish task force membership.

OITP also is in communication with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), one of the government agencies working on digital literacy issues as an outgrowth of recommendations made in the National Broadband Plan.  The Digital Literacy Portal is one of the initiatives underway at NTIA.  NTIA has issued a request for organizations – including libraries – that are engaged in digital literacy projects to submit content to be considered for inclusion in NTIA’s Digital Literacy Portal.  A description of the Portal may be found here (pdf) and the content and comment policy is described here (pdf).

OITP will be coordinating with NTIA staff in the collection of library content for the Digital Literacy Portal.  As we are confirming the details of this collaboration, we encourage members to copy us on any submission to the portal and send any comments or other questions you may have to oitp@alawash.org.

The Digital Literacy Portal is a complex undertaking, and staff at NTIA are working diligently to make sure that content on the portal is collected from a wide range of community-based organizations – including libraries.

Save the date! National Library Legislative Day to be held on May 9 and 10

ALA Direct Dispatch - Thu, 02/03/2011 - 2:57pm

The 2011 National Library Legislative Day is quickly approaching and will be held on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Many changes in Congress now contribute to a new political climate in both the House and the Senate.  New members need to hear from their constituents. Be sure to register early – the American Library Association has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel, but they always go quickly!

The American Library Association, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the District of Columbia Library Association sponsor National Library Legislative Day.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

ALA urges library supporters to push for passage of USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 02/02/2011 - 2:00pm

The ALA Washington Office is urging all library supporters to ask members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass S. 193, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011.

Click here for background information and talking points.

Library Copyright Alliance releases paper on Costco v. Omega non-decision

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 02/02/2011 - 12:58pm

The ALA as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has released a paper exploring the Costco v. Omega non-decision. The document, titled “The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Costco v. Omega on Libraries” prepared by Jonathan Band details legal options in the copyright law that support libraries who lend foreign-made copies in their collections.

ALA seeks nominations for 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

ALA Direct Dispatch - Mon, 01/31/2011 - 11:19am

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410
For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is calling for nominations for the 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. This annual award honors individuals or groups who embody the spirit of the U.S. copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: “to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts” (U.S. Constitution, art 1, sec 8). 

Please send letters of nomination outlining a candidate’s qualifications for this award to Carrie Russell, Director, Program on Public Access to Information, ALA OITP, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20009, or to crussell@alawash.org.  Include examples of how the nominee has contributed to the pursuit of the fundamental tenets of copyright law. Nominees who have worked or collaborated with libraries will be given special consideration. Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2011. 

Patterson was a foremost legal thinker, writer and champion of users’ rights. He was a pioneer who exposed the restrictive nature of new interpretations and unnecessary expansions of contemporary copyright law. For librarians, Patterson was a key legal figure who articulated how corporate interests have sidetracked the true purpose of copyright – to advance learning and to ensure that knowledge is broadly disseminated to the public.  Through numerous books, articles, and briefs, Patterson highlighted and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. 

The award was founded by the ALA in 2002; a list of past awardees can be found on OITP’s Web site.

ALA Washington Office seeks nominations for 2011 Madison awards

ALA Direct Dispatch - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 9:46am

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
202-628-8410
jterry@alawash.org

For Immediate Release
December 9, 2010 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. 

The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought awareness to these issues at the national level.  Madison is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. 

The Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award honors an extraordinary leader who has built local grassroots awareness of the importance of access to information. Cooke, former director of the ALA Washington Office, was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees. 

Both awards are presented during Freedom of Information (FOI) Day, an annual event on or near March 16, Madison’s birthday. 

Nominations should be submitted to the ALA Washington Office no later than January 26, 2011.  Submissions should include a statement (maximum one page) about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information, why it merits the award and one seconding letter. Please include a brief biography and contact information for the nominee.  

Send e-mail nominations to Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director for the ALA Office of Government Relations, at jmcgilvray@alawash.org. Submissions can also be mailed to: 

James Madison Award / Eileen Cooke Award
American Library Association
Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-2520 

A list of previous winners can found here.

ALA: House must follow Senate’s lead, pass Museum and Library Services Act

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 12/08/2010 - 10:09am

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410
jterry@alawash.org

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) Reauthorization (S. 3984) late Tuesday night under unanimous consent, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the Congressional session.

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, said the passage of this bill in the final days of the 111th Congress is the result of strong Senate leadership and persistent lobbying and grassroots efforts by the ALA, the library community and the public they serve.

“Since the start of this Congress, the ALA has pressed Congress to take up this bill so that Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is equipped to provide resources to America’s libraries,” Sheketoff said.

“We want to thank the cosponsors of this bipartisan bill, especially Sen. Jack Reed, who continues to be a champion for libraries, and we now call on the House demonstrate that same commitment to our nation’s libraries and take up a vote on this bill before the end of the year. The funds provided through this bill are truly a lifeline in this time of increased library use and reduced funding, and Congress can’t put off this critical legislation any longer.”

Cosponsors of this bill are Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA).

The House has not yet announced when a vote on this bill will take place.

E-rate changes to take effect in 30 days

ALA Direct Dispatch - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 1:46pm

The Sixth Report and Order on the E-rate program was published in today’s Federal Register. The publication of the Order means that the changes to the E-rate program that were voted on by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September will be effective thirty days after today, or January 3, 2011. ALA continues to work with the FCC to ensure that clear guidance be developed so that library applicants will clearly understand their options and obligations under the program.

Marijke Visser
Assistant Director, OITP

Senate HELP Committee on a roll, taking up Hildreth nomination and LSTA

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 12/01/2010 - 12:05pm

It may be a lame duck Congress, but there is news from the Senate for the library community today.

This morning the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reported S.3984, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, from committee with unanimous consent. The bill includes the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of support by the Federal Government for the 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums in the United States.

The next stop for S.3984 is a vote on the Senate floor, but the vote is not yet on the Senate scheudule.  Please call your two senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to support S.3984 in the lame duck session. 

Also this morning in the Senate HELP committee, the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of IMLS was favorably reported from committee.  Her nomination must receive a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but one has not been scheduled yet.  When you call your senators, please also urge them to support Ms. Hildreth’s nomination in this lame duck session.

Jeff Kratz, Assistant Director
Office of Government Relations

ALA asks Congress to ensure BTOP implementation continues

ALA Direct Dispatch - Tue, 11/30/2010 - 3:35pm

The ALA today sent letters to leaders in the House  and Senate, expressing how critical it is for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to have the resources to continue oversight and implementation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

As a result of more than 230 BTOP grants awarded, over 2,000 libraries will be provided with high-capacity broadband access.

Unfortunately, NTIA is facing a critical funding shortfall that could jeopardize the ability of libraries to obtain high-capacity broadband via BTOP. The recent report from the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce notes that NTIA has not received the necessary appropriations to continue to implement and monitor the BTOP projects.

Reading the Tea Leaves During the 111th Congress “Lame Dcuk” Session

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 2:04pm

We’ve been getting many questions about “what will be happening in the lame duck session?”  The short answer is:   it could be the “best of times or the worst of times…”  Like other groups there are some key issues that we wish would be passed in December when the 111th Congress convenes.   However, Congress must deal with thorny appropriations issues.  A continuing resolution or an actual budget for FY 2011 must be passed – and the scenario on this and other issues is unclear.  The limited time they have to meet in December will mean that the congressional agenda will be very limited.

Many observers think there will be some post-election craziness as the House starts to align itself for a new Republican majority in the 112th Congress that starts in January.  ALA has been pushing for a vote on the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as well as a vote in the Senate to confirm President Obama’s nominee for the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – Susan Hildreth.  ALA has also worked on various school library issues including the LEARN Act and including school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA.)

Additionally, Rep. Hoekstra (MI-R) has introduced a bill that would extend the sunsets for 3 USA PATRIOT Act provisions, including Section 215 on business records (often referred to as the “library provision”) from February 28, 2011, to February 29, 2012.

On these and other issues stay tuned on District Dispatch and ALA Connect for updates as the “holiday” season moves along.  Sorry we can’t be more specific – we’re in a congressional season that requires a high tolerance for ambiguity.

Lynne Bradley, Director

ALA Office of Government Relations – Washington, D.C.

HELP Committee is Scheduled to Vote on the Nomination of Susan Hildreth and LSTA Reauthorization

ALA Direct Dispatch - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 12:10pm


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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will be holding a full committee markup at 10am on Wednesday, December 1.  On the agenda for this markup, among other issues, the committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).

Also, on the agenda for next week’s HELP markup, the committee will be voting on the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  Below is a list of Republican senators who sit on the HELP Committee.  If one of these senators represents your state, please call his or her office today (Wednesday) at 202-224-3121 and tell them to support the LSTA reauthorization.

Michael Enzi – Wyoming
Judd Gregg – New Hampshire
Lamar Alexander – Tennessee
Richard Burr – North Carolina
Johnny Isakson – Georgia
John McCain – Arizona
Orrin Hatch – Utah
Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
Tom Coburn – Oklahoma
Pat Roberts – Kansas



Washington Office seeks candidates for Google Policy Fellowship

ALA Direct Dispatch - Tue, 11/23/2010 - 12:37pm

The ALA Washington Office will once again participate in the Google Policy Fellowship program for the summer of 2011. Google Policy Fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that include broadband, net neutrality, free expression, open access to information, domestic and international copyright policy, online privacy, and open government.

“In particular, ALA encourages master’s and doctoral students in library and information studies with an interest in national public policy to apply for this fellowship,” said Dr. Alan Inouye, Director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).  The deadline for applications is January 17, 2011.

Selected students will spend ten weeks this summer working at a diverse range of organizations, including: American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Cato Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, and the Technology Policy Institute.

Information about the program and host organizations is available on the Google Public Policy Fellowship website.

Washington Office, OIF monitoring TSA procedures’ effect on civil liberties

ALA Direct Dispatch - Mon, 11/22/2010 - 3:55pm

There has been much discussion among ALA members about the new enhanced pat-down procedures and full-body scanning implemented by the TSA, and the possibility that these procedures violate individual civil liberties.   ALA members who are traveling by air in the near future who believe that their rights have been violated by a TSA screening, or believe that their TSA screening was conducted in violation of agency rules, should know that both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) are collecting travelers’ stories.     

EPIC: EPIC Body Scanner Incident Report
http://epic.org/bodyscanner/incident_report/ 

ACLU: Think Your Rights Have Been Violated While Traveling?   Tell Us Your Story
https://secure.aclu.org/site/SPageNavigator/TSA_Travel_Complaint

OIF and the Washington Office are monitoring this issue, including developments in the courts and in Congress.  Reports and updates will be sent to the membership as events happen. 

Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Deputy Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association
50 East Huron, Chicago, IL  60611
800-545-2433 x 4224 

Lynne Bradley, Director
ALA Office of Government Relations
1615 new Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
1-800-941-8478

ALA files comments to Department of Education regarding Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

ALA Direct Dispatch - Fri, 11/19/2010 - 11:40am

The American Library Association today submitted comments  to the Department of Education regarding today’s meeting on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program.

The comments highlighted the ways libraries can contribute to the success of this program and recommended that the Department include the benefits of utilizing, and partnering with, public and school libraries as part of the SRCL discretionary grant application.

Food For Fines

Tremonton City Library - Sat, 08/28/2010 - 8:24am

We will be having our annual food for fines month during the month of September. Patrons may bring in canned goods to help pay off their fines on their account. One can of food equals one dollar worth of fines. No dented or expired cans will be accepted. All proceeds will be donated to the local food pantry.

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