Montgomery Adviser: Mayor Steven Reed bypasses City Council vote, mandates masks with executive order

Aaaaand ALSO Montgomery Adviser: Mayor Steven Reed bypasses City Council vote, mandates masks with executive order. “Mayor Steven Reed issued an executive order to mandate masks in Montgomery, bypassing a tied City Council vote that failed to do the same less than 24 hours prior. Reed announced the order in a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. It goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and is intended to be temporary until the next council meeting for council members to consider another ordinance, Reed said.”

ALA District Dispatch: Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students

ALA District Dispatch: Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students. “We are excited to offer our next CopyTalk webinar about teaching undergraduates about copyright. Sounds like a tall order, but these undergraduates actually choose to take a semester-length copyright course as an elective. Tammy Ravas will discuss her multidisciplinary approach to teaching copyright, outline the topics taught in the course, give examples of lesson plans, show general progress of students enrolled in the class, and share what worked and what did not.” The Webinar takes place March 1 and is free, but is limited to 100 people.

Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media (ALA / District Dispatch)

From the ALA’s District Dispatch: Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media. “Next week, join us for a free, half hour webinar about social media marketing and community building. Led by Leslie Datsis of PBS Digital Studios, you’ll learn the basics about audience development, targeting, and how to develop a voice for your channels. And you’ll have a few new tools in your belt as you consider how you can take those stories to the next level and make sure that your users (and your elected officials) know just how important libraries are to the community.”

ALA’s Webcast About Fake News Is November 1

The American Library Association (ALA) is offering a Webcast about fake news on November 1. “In our role as gatekeepers of information, librarians have always been responsible for establishing the authority of information. But with social media ensuring that news articles—whether real or not—spread like wildfire, how can help our users filter the real from the fake? How can we maintain our professional obligation to ensure equal access to information in a politically charged time where it seems like not all information is created equal? In our next episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll have a chance to discuss these questions with our expert panel. We’ll discuss this and how we can move forward as a profession.”

ALA: First open access issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) now available

ALA: First open access issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) now available. “Readers can now enjoy easy access to the journal without worrying about paywalls and authentication. This issue features an assortment of great columns that have something for anyone interested in reference work. RUSA president Chris LeBeau discusses coming changes in RUSA; Steven D. Milewski and Jeanine M. Williamson look at becoming reflective practitioners; Sonnet Ireland explores information literacy and public libraries; In Amplify Your Impact, Spenser Thompson reveals the secrets of using personas as a marketing tool; Beth Posner examines yoga in the library in the Alert Collector; and Dave Tyckoson and Nicolette Sosulski present the six words that get you stuff in A Reference for That.”

American Library Association: Victory near in 20-year fight to provide public with CRS reports

American Library Association: Victory near in 20-year fight to provide public with CRS reports. “After nearly 20 years of advocacy by ALA, Congress has recently taken significant steps toward permanently assuring free public access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Taxpayers fund these reports but generally have not been able to read them. “

ALA: RUSA’s Reference and User Services Quarterly journal moves to open access

ALA: RUSA’s Reference and User Services Quarterly journal moves to open access. “The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue. RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services.”

ALA: CopyTalk: Copyright “capture” webinar archived

From the ALA: CopyTalk: Copyright “capture” webinar archived. “An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar ‘Captured: Influence, bias and control at the U.S. Copyright Office’ is now available. Originally webcast on November 3rd by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, our presenter was Meredith Rose, staff attorney at Public Knowledge (PK), a DC public interest organization focusing on telecommunications, copyright and Internet law policy. Meredith talked about PK’s report on the U.S. Copyright Office’s partiality toward the content industry by advocating for stronger copyright and increased enforcement as well as its entry into non-copyright policy arenas, such as telecommunications, in order to argue on behalf of rights holders.”

ALA Puts Webinar “Finding the Public Domain” Online

The ALA has put its latest Webinar “Finding the Public Domain” online. “Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer and PI, University of Michigan Library and Kristina Eden, Copyright Review Project Manager, HathiTrust, describe the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS). The CRMS was this year’s awardee of the L. Ray Patterson copyright award.” The Webinar is free and just under 55 minutes.

Dear American Libraries: WTF?

Meta and depressing: an article about an American Libraries article. “TL;DR: Patricia Hswe and I wrote an article for American Libraries and the editors added some quotes from a vendor talking about their products without telling us. We asked them to fix it and they said no. Because American Libraries refused to clarify what happened, we decided to clarify it ourselves.”

ALA Will Hold Digitizing Workshop in January

The ALA is offering a digitization workshop for beginners at the end of January. “Whether you’re a community repository just dipping your toes into digitization, or you need to digitize old materials to save space and enable greater access, the ability to plan and begin a digitization project is quickly becoming an essential skill for librarians. In this workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization.” It’s not free, but $60 for an introduction to digitization sounds like a good deal.

ALA Facebook Page Gets Hacked; Librarians Play It Off

The American Library Association’s Facebook page got hacked this weekend, but the librarians handled it because LIBRARIANS. “The librarians made the best of a bad situation by posting jolly responses to the articles including call numbers for various books on esoteric topics including the female soldiers above and the odd differences in style of dress in Dubai.”

ALA Offering Free Webcast on Digitization September 10th

The American Libraries Association (ALA) is doing a free Webcast on digitization and libraries on September 10th. “Our expert panel will discuss digitization in both broad and specific terms, looking at current trends and long-term implications for the library community. Our panel for this episode will include: – Susanne Caro, government documents librarian at University of Montana, author and frequent speaker on digitization and librarianship – Alyce Scott, Lecturer, School of Information at San José State University”