AFCON Annual Meeting
Open to the public.
10 am - 12:00 pm
Register here by October 15, so that we may provide you with the Zoom link.
"Current Topics in Intellectual Freedom in Libraries"
10:00 AM Introduction by President John Bender
10:05 AM Public Library Programming: Achieving the Balance with Vicki Wood.
Public Libraries strive to be inclusive in their program and event offerings. Community pushback and protests can lead to self-censoring and fear of offering programs considered controversial by some members of the community. How does the Library decide what programming to include, and how does it protect the rights of all community members to be seen, heard, and to feel safe in the library, while staying true to the ideals of Intellectual Freedom? (Includes 10 minutes for questions.)
10:45-10:50 Presentation of Academic Freedom Award to Brenda Ealey
10:55 Balancing the Books with Devra Dragos.
There are difficult challenges to be faced in building and maintaining a collection of popular eBooks and digital audiobooks for public libraries due to numerous, expensive, and constantly changing publisher models for selling to libraries. (Includes 5 minutes for questions.)
11:20 The Electronic Academic Library: Licensing Resources Versus Ownership and Implications for Access with Jim Shaw.
College and university libraries commonly spend 75% to 85% of their acquisition’s budgets on electronic resources. That is how they provide access to many thousands of electronic books, research journals, historical archives, and other resources. Many may not appreciate, however, that libraries do not actually own electronic resources, but instead purchase licenses which permit use within certain parameters. For example, academic licenses typically permit off-campus use only to current faculty and students. Non-affiliated persons may usually access resources on computers at the library, but that is not guaranteed. Spending so much on electronic resources necessarily implies that when budgets are cut, some of those licenses will not be renewed and access for everyone is lost. Libraries have been able to leverage electronic resources in ways that provide more to their users than ever, but this new era could prove volatile and create further separation between the haves and have-nots. (Includes 10 minutes for questions.)
11:50 Annual Meeting