The ALA Washington Office is set to host several events at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. With a new presidential administration and Congress arriving in Washington, many new opportunities and challenges face the library community. A broad scope of exciting and dynamic issues will be addressed during these sessions, representing the diversity of the Washington Office’s interests and work.
The Washington Office Update “History in the Making”
Saturday, January 24th
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Colorado Convention Center (CCC), Room 201
Highlighting the update will be a panel discussion considering thoughts on the recent election and what to expect from the new Administration and Congress. The panel will include former Colorado State Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon and ALA Executive Director Emily Sheketoff. In addition, the Washington Office will host a number of breakout sessions, including an informative discussion on the Google Books Settlement in addition to the latest news on military libraries.
Four breakout sessions will immediately follow the main update:
1. “How to Access LSTA Funding”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Deputy Mary Chute will conduct a workshop on Library Service and Technology Act funding and answer questions on how to successfully use this federal funding and get National Leadership Grants.
Time: 10:30 am
Location: CCC 201.
2. “International Copyright and Library Advocacy for Fair and Equitable Access to Information”
The second breakout will focus on international copyright issues on the agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), affecting US libraries including a proposal for an international treaty mandating that WIPO nation members include copyright limitations, like library preservation and an exception for the blind and visually impaired, in their national laws. OITP’s International Copyright Advocacy program will be reviewed with a special focus on the legal protection and management of traditional cultural expression (creative works developed by indigenous peoples in the United States) and an initiative to draft new ALA policy to addresses the unique concerns of peoples whose cultural artifacts in part define their cultural identity. Member input is encouraged. Panelists include Loriene Roy, ALA Past President and Professor at the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, Janice Pilch, International Copyright Advocate and Slavic and East European Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Carrie Russell, Director of the Program on Public Access to Information, OITP.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: CCC 205
3. “The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Policy Decisions”
The GODORT update will feature three speakers who will describe the role and impact of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). NGOs play an important role in policy decisions and frequently interact with government entities at all levels. Speakers will explore this issue from a librarian, NGO, and governmental point of view. Discussion about GODORT’s role in promoting the collection and use of NGO information in libraries will also take place.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Korbel Ballroom 3C
The Washington Office is going green! In an effort to decrease the amount of paper produce for the Midwinter Meeting, all related documents, links, and resources are now online. Visit the WO Midwinter Meeting Information Web page for all related materials.
4.“Getting Our Library Message to the New Congress and White House”
Stephanie Vance, of Advocacy Associates in Washington, D.C., will discuss how library advocates can communicate with the new Administration and Congress during this pivotal time in our nation’s capitol.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: CCC 207
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