[Athen] FW: [altafftr] FW: Call for nominations: Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content

Ron Stewart ron at altformatsolutions.com
Thu Sep 30 12:55:02 PDT 2010

Some may be interested in this effort for those of who are or who's campuses
are ALA members.

Ron Stewart

Dear ALA Member Leader:

I am writing to invite you to submit nominations for individuals for serve
on a special Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content.

At Annual Conference, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling for the
ALA President to form a Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic
Content. Because the charge of this Task Force relates closely to work
already underway with the Office for Information Technology Policy, we
wanted to take some time to make sure that the two efforts would be well
integrated. OITP will be serving as the "home" for the Task Force.

The Task Force is charged with studying:

. challenges and potential solutions in libraries for improved
electronic content access, distribution and preservation systems, and
infrastructure in response to the creation and migration of materials from
print to electronic access;

. collaborations that provide electronic content and distribution
infrastructure for libraries, including the development of a list of
potentially practical, effective collaborations and courses of action that
ALA and libraries around the country could engage in;

. current and emerging assistive technology that provides people
with sensory and physical disabilities the opportunity to access electronic
information hitherto inaccessible through libraries;

. methods of encouraging solutions through libraries for electronic
content access that use formats and standards that work across DRM-free
device platforms;

. options for compromise agreements between the library and
publishing communities regarding access to digital content; and

. the need for any ALA policies required to further the creation of
an effective electronic content and distribution infrastructure for
libraries; and

. submit a report to Council at ALA Annual Conference in 2011
containing recommendations for the Association.

In asking for nominations, we are looking for individuals who:

. are knowledgeable about technology and its policy implications

. can bring a broad understanding of issues

. are representative of and knowledgeable about different library

. are forward looking

Because the issue of equitable access to electronic content has such a broad
impact on the future of libraries and across libraries of all types, I am
seeking a wide range of highly qualified individuals to serve on the task
force. Please be aware that while it will not be possible to appoint all of
the individuals nominated, the Task Force will be actively seeking feedback
and guidance from all ALA units and members with an interest in this
important issue.

Please direct your nominations to OITP Director Alan Inouye at
<mailto:ainnouye at ala.org> ainnouye at ala.org by October 15th. In proposing
nominations, I am asking that you provide a brief (one paragraph)
description of the strengths and experience the nominee would bring to the
Task Force. For more information and background on the Task Force, see the
attached document.

With my gratitude for your assistance in moving this important effort

Roberta Stevens


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