Never a dull moment: ALA Council 2018

Well, never is a strong world … Just kidding.

I finished my first year as the NC Chapter Councilor and I have the duty and privilege to report on the activities of Council at conference. In the interest of making this more accessible, I’ve uploaded it to Google Drive and you are free to read and even comment (keep it nice, or not). I’m happy to take feedback or hear your concerns. Just email or comment.

The biggest issue coming out of annual was the controversy over the use of the term “hate group” in the Library Bill of Rights Meeting Rooms interpretation. You can read more about this in the the google doc if you missed the debate. The Office of Intellectual Freedom has issued a statement providing some context. Yes, as NC Councilor I voted for the interpretation. And yes, I read the interpretation before I voted on it. My opinion is available on Twitter if you are interested.

As a result of the debate, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is revisiting the document. They have formed a working group as of Saturday, July 14 and will develop a timeline and plan of action. There is also a movement to rescind or amend the interpretation virtually but that has hit a parliamentary procedural roadblock (RONR is pesky beast). More to come this week we are told. I’ll post updates under this link: https://lyndamkreads.wordpress.com/tag/meeting-rooms/

I’m just happy people are reading ALA documents and engaging with the organization to be honest. (P.S. This is me being light-hearted to some extent. But seriously, considering our voter turnout, I am happy to see people engaging with the big ALA even if it is to criticize. Just wish more would vote. If you don’t like things, come fix them.)

Several other things came out of Council’s meeting including a good discussion of ALA’s future and the creation of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table. We also passed four resolutions that might be of interest. The summary and the full-text link of these is in the google doc.

  • A Resolution Recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the GPO Access Act and Calling for the Enactment of the FDLP Modernization Act
  • A Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents
  • A Resolution to Honor African Americans Who Fought Library Segregation
  • A Resolution on Gender Inclusive Bathrooms at ALA Conferences and Meetings

And finally we celebrated Lois Ann Gregory-Wood who retired as the ALA Secretariat after almost 30 years of work. We will certainly miss her!

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We heart Lois!
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NCLA GRS webinar on Census data access

Took a small break from webinaring to survive the semester. This summer NCLA GRS Help! is back with a hankering for gov info. We have webinars June, July, and August. Don’t miss out!
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Census Bureau Data Access
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
Do you find American FactFinder challenging?  Well, get ready, because the Census Bureau is beta-testing a new data platform that will replace ALL of its data tools!  Michele Hayslett will give a brief overview of the process, the tools to be transferred, and the timeline; provide an orientation to the interface; and demonstrate a few searches.  You will receive the questions the Census Bureau would like testers of all skill levels to answer about their experiences with the new interface, and the email address to which to send feedback.
Michele Hayslett started learning about Census data when she worked as the Demographics Specialist at the State Library of North Carolina in the early 2000s, and hasn’t stopped learning.  She is currently the Librarian for Numeric Data Services and Data Management at UNC at Chapel Hill, working in the Davis Library Research Hub.
We will meet together online on June 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://bit.ly/GRS-Session78 
We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).
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ALA Council Day 1 #alamw18 #alacouncil

My first day on Council was awesome! The proceedings went by quickly, which is unusual apparently. We had a few items of interest, however, and much more will be discussed today at Council II.

  • We approved a new ALA award for mid-career professionals called the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program. The award is named after Lois Ann, the ALA Council Secretariat and honors her 50 years of service at ALA. The awards will provide funding for mid-career professionals who want to be involved in ALA governance, but who do not have institutional funding. More information is forthcoming on applying and donating! I will post information as I have it.
  • The Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden was approved to be given honorary ALA membership. We were all happy about that one!
  • The ALA Membership Committee brought forward a resolution to adjust dues with the CPI. The resolution passed and will go before the membership on the spring 2018 ballot. Another good reason to VOTE this spring!
  • The ALA Executive Director Mary W. Ghikas gave figures for the Midwinter conference attendance. As of February 10, registration was 7,894, a decrease from 8,892 last year. This is certainly an ongoing issue for Midwinter, and an issue that we will discuss at Council II today!

If you have questions or concerns for ALA, please feel free to contact me! I hope to represent NC’s interests as fully as possible, but I’d love to do that with feedback from NC librarians.

Spring into Science Webinar Series

Let’s celebrate science! The NCLA Government Resources Section and the NCLA STEM-LINC section are joining together for a semester of science related webinars. We are kicking off with a webinar with our favorite former North Carolinian/geospatial librarian, Hannah!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Finding geological materials through the U.S. Geological Survey
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association and the STEM Librarianship in North Carolina (STEM-LINC) Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to “Spring into Science”, a series of webinars this spring designed to help us increase our familiarity with scientific government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
What are the tricks you can use to search for and find US geological materials? Be a geo-detective with USGS documents, maps and data. This webinar will give an overview of resources available in The National Map, USGS Science Data Catalog and USGS Publications Warehouse, including how to find geological and historical topographic maps.
Hannah Hamalainen is the Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is the current president of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). She is an advocate for data visualization, science communication, geoscience education, and developing critical thinkers using information literacy. Her research interests include using remote sensing and geospatial technologies to solve problems in the natural world.
Join us on Monday, 2/27/17. We’ll meet together from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session67
We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.atom-1472657_960_720.png
Please save the date for future “Spring into Science” sessions:
  • March 20: NASA data and docs
  • April 19: NOAA data and docs
  • May (TBA): EPA data and docs
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

New NCLA GRS Help! Webinar

The NCLA Government Resources Section runs a webinar series on government-related topics, and all the recordings are free and available on our website. Our next webinar is in March. Just in time for Sunshine Week, we will have the National Institute on Money in State Politics with us! Join us!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … National Institute on Money in State Politics

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, has been connecting the dots between campaign finance and public policy for more than a decade. He promotes the free use of the Institute’s comprehensive, highly credentialed political donor information by investigative journalists, scholars examining state elections and public-policy processes, and attorneys involved in campaign-finance litigation—and is now focused on empowering librarians across the country.

What could YOU do with $2 billion? That’s the amount contributed to candidates and committees for 2014 state races. And why would there be so much monetary interest in these races? Sometimes legislators vote in obvious ways—and sometimes constituents wonder what may have prompted a certain vote. Ditto for governors and, now more than ever, our elected judiciary. Join Ed to learn how to research a state candidate’s donor base, the top-giving industries, and possible connections between contributors, proposed legislation, and lobbyists.

We will meet together for Session #45, online on March 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by March 18 using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session45

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.

The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).