Mar 8th, 2011
Lots has happened (of course) with the Task Force and I wanted to provide a live update about where we are. I’m co-chairing the meeting atm so pls pardon typos.:
Yesterday we spent the afternoon breaking into our Working Groups, coming back to report and adjust ideas and plans, and then breaking out and coming together again to refine plans for each group. As a reminder and a way to understand the approach that seems to be forming, here are those working groups again:
-Electronic content and accessibility
-Public Relations Campaign
During the course of the day, the necessity to communicate what we are working on in a way that is timely and also allows for questions and feedback became something that (very happily) overtook part of our scheduled plan for the day. We unanimously agreed and insisted that we must create a blog/web page very quickly (days NOT weeks). Our plan is to ensure that this page allows for regular updates, allows feedback and can also give folks a chance to be informed, looped in, ask questions, and be heard in a public forum we are all engaged in. It does take time to monitor and respond to all of this and we have much work to do, but we all felt very strongly that even in the face of the being unpaid volunteers in this work, that there is simply no way to do our work effectively without this wider forum.
After we wrapped our work for the day, we all went out for dinner (and, ok, maybe a drink) and talked well into the evening about our working groups and next steps. ALA President Roberta Stevens joined us at dinner and was sure to talk to folks as they needed or wanted to.
In the next days you’ll hear more details and communications as a result of our work. Meantime, on behalf of my fellow Task Force co-chair Linda Crowe and the rest of the Task Force I wanted to thank all of you for the conversations and emails and texts and thoughts you have shared and sent to me and or to the group. We are trying hard to do the best, most wise and productive things we can here and appreciate your input and attention. We believe this issue will shape the future of libraries in the country and the world and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure libraries remain viable, vibrant and integral to society, Democracy and the lives of everyday people the world over.
One last thing to note in this post is that in today’s USA Today, the work of ALA’s Electronic Content Access Task Force was highlighted briefly by ALA President Roberta Stevens.
(Roberta Stevens)”hopes the librarians’ new task force on “equitable access to electronic content” can work collaboratively with publishers: “It’s ultimately in their interests to make books available in libraries — in all formats.”
-Web site for our task force will likely have:
1. A blog
2. A list of each TF member including their email (this includes eBook Task Force Members as well)
3. A conversation forum on specific topics (likely, though we have to poke around a bit on this idea)
4. May have a Twitter scrolling feed for a hashtag we ask any interested party to use when sharing issues or or links with the Task Force, ALA or anyone interested in the topics attached to the work of the Task Force.
-We will be having a session at ALA Annual on our work. Likely two hours…first hour to update on our work, second hour to break into working groups and talk with individuals.