with a beautiful view,
and some very cool stuff.
The next day I attended the Intellectual Freedom and Open Access: Working toward a common goal? session wanting to learn more about Open Access but it turned out to be an insightful program on systemic exclusion of marginalized peoples in publishing.
Some of the speakers’ points that I found interesting included:
Most of the rest of my sessions focused on interlibrary loan (ILL) and copyright. On Saturday morning I attended an ILL Discussion Group (RUSA Stars). The panelists looked at trends in ILL including:
“I Am Not a Lawyer: Providing Copyright Services in the Library” was a panel session that was helpful in learning how to develop the correct approach to advising faculty and students about copyright compliance. There were several reminders that our role is as an adviser. Even telling them that they aren’t in compliance is legal advice. We can give them information to minimize risk but the fair use decision is ultimately theirs. However, if the advice is too conservative, they may pay copyright fees unnecessarily or limit their exercise of fair use. Advertising to let the faculty and students know where to go can encourage their participation in copyright compliance.
The ACRL Access Services Interest Group meeting was a session I attended at James Harper’s request. He’s serving as a volunteer on the Access Services Librarianship Task Force which is working to create a Framework for Access Services Librarianship. This meeting was well attended with about 40 people. The wide variety of tasks that libraries delegate to Access Services yielded several suggestions of roles to add to the framework. Trying to create a comprehensive document which incorporates this variety will be challenging. (Think, herding cats) I liked one attendee’s definition of Access Services as, “the intersection of library services and the user”.
LITA’s Top 10 Technology Trends session included these topics that I found noteworthy:
Some new makerspace ideas:
Another topic covered was social media outreach. The speaker emphasized that the purpose of social media is to solicit input and react to it. It’s the electronic equivalent of small talk. America learned the power of social media last November. She also stated that its purpose is “not to blurt out whatever is on your mind.” (the crowd loved that one) You should love the people that are already interested and keep their interest alive. It is important, “It can make you the President.”
My sister (Chicago roommate and librarian from MI) and I took some tourist time and attended a performance of Aladdin at the Cadillac Palace Theater which was fabulous (both the show and the building) and another evening we took a river and lake cruise with a very informative commentary on Chicago architecture and some beautiful views.
Then to wrap things up I was able to see the closing session with Hillary Clinton. As we were waiting for the program to begin there was a feeling in the room like a rock concert was about to begin. When the background music started playing, We Are Family, the audience was on their feet and singing.
Secretary Clinton asked us to persist and offered three reason we need libraries:
It was a great way to close out the conference and a great visit to a great city.