Last week, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland appointed Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), to the inaugural Advisory Board for the university’s Master of Library Science (MLS) degree program.
This week, many libraries are inviting their communities to reconnect as part of a national effort called Outside the Lines. Since my personal experience of new acquaintances often includes an exclamation of “I didn’t know libraries did that,” and this experience is buttressed by Pew Internet Project research that finds that only about 23 percent of people who already visit our libraries feel they know all or most of what we do, the need to invite people to rethink libraries is clear.
Fifteen months after Edward Snowden provided the first documents describing the startling scope of the National Security Agency’s spying program, Congress has returned from August recess with a chance to vote on surveillance reform. Unfortunately, if the surveillance vote doesn’t happen in the coming weeks, it might not happen at all.
On September 23rd, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute for Museum and Library Services will offer a free webinar on financial literacy. This session has limited space so please register quickly.
On Wednesday, the American Library Association and more than 70 other civil liberties organizations, major technology companies and trade associations sent a strong joint letter to the leaders of the House and Senate calling for the soonest possible vote on bills to update the woefully outdated and inadequate Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Reminder: The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging librarians to participate in “My SSA,” a free webinar that will teach participants how to use My Social Security (MySSA), the online Social Security resource.