OLA Supports Net Neutrality
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and the Library Development and Legislative Committee have been working diligently to promote OLA’s support of net neutrality, an official statement of which was approved by the OLA Executive Board in August. The statement reads:
The Oregon Library Association believes that preserving an open Internet is essential to our nation’s freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth. Oregon libraries are leaders in providing Internet access within their communities and are committed to ensuring people who use the Internet have equal access to online information and services. Allowing commercial entities to prioritize some Internet traffic and/or block other traffic based on commercial interest is not in the public interest. The Oregon Library Association strongly supports the FCC’s adoption of enforceable policies based on the Net Neutrality Principles provided by the American Library Association and other organizations. These principles include:
- Protect Against Unreasonable Discrimination: Every person in the United States should be able to access legal content, applications, and services over the Internet.
- Prohibit Paid Prioritization: Public broadband providers and ISPs should not be permitted to sell prioritized transmission to certain content, applications, and service providers over other Internet traffic sharing the same network facilities.
- Provide Transparency: Public broadband network operators and ISPs should disclose network management practices publicly.
- Adopt Enforceable Policies: Policies and rules to enforce these principles should be clearly stated and transparent.
The Oregon Library Association supports these and the other principles of net neutrality because an open Internet is essential for an informed public and a healthy democracy.
You can read the statement on the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable’s website.
Also, OLA is currently working with Senator Wyden, a strong supporter of net neutrality, to promote this statement along with a relevant toolkit aimed at promoting action in Oregon communities, http://tinyurl.com/p7ujdtv.
The FCC is still accepting public comments. Please encourage library users and community members to comment through the following avenues:
Mock Sibert Workshop
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help you develop evaluation skills and understanding about what makes nonfiction for youth excellent.
We are very lucky to be joined this year by author, Marc Aronson! Aronson will be doing a special afternoon session for workshop participants, but can be attended independent of the workshop.
Aronson won the first Sibert Award in 2001 with his book Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado. He is the leader in the field in writing fantastic nonfiction books for youth of all ages. Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science; Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies; and If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge are just a few of his books that have really raised the bar on great nonfiction storytelling that truly inspires readership in youth. Not only does he publish great books for kids, his column with School Library Journal, Consider the Source shows librarians the possibilities of nonfiction in their libraries, and he is the expert resource in helping libraries navigate the Common Core standards.
With the amount of great nonfiction being published for youth, and the push in schools to use more information texts in curriculum, has there ever been a better time to explore our passion and evaluation skills for great nonfiction?
Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:
2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Sibert Workshop
Saturday December 13th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wilsonville Library, Wilsonville, OR
Click here to register
The 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops. This time around, we will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards: The Robert F. Sibert Medal is a book award of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and learning!
The morning will include:
- An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Sibert Committee and how to judge nonfiction using the Sibert Award criteria
- Breaking into discussion groups for a lively discussion of a selection of nonfiction titles published in 2014. Each group will pick a winner and honor titles.
- Reconvening as a large group for more lively discussion to crown the 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Medalist.
Then enjoy an inspiring and enlightening afternoon in conversation with one of the leaders in the field in both the publication and use of nonfiction for youth.
Registration Deadline is Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Cost for workshop is $15 (includes lunch), afternoon session free to CSD members $10 for nonmembers.
Feel free to contact Danielle Jones (email@example.com) with any questions you might have.
Do you see your library through tech-colored glasses? If you’re involved with systems, interfaces, technology education – or just curious about them – come meet your comrades in OLA’s LibTech RoundTable. We’re having a social at the SE Portland Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne, on Wednesday, November 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet, mingle, talk tech and share ideas and interests! For more information, see our wiki.
Sarah Jesudason / Secretary / LibTech RT