wireless at ALA, for all

This just in over the ALA Council newswire. Wireless connectivity, which had previously been available only to ALA Councilors, will be available to all ALA Conference attendees in Chicago. Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director says the connnectivity will be available “at a highly discounted rate.” Of course, “discounted from what?” is the question here, since Councilors get their connections for free, but look forward to being able to be wireless at ALA in June.

USAPA news

ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano met with the new US Attorney General today to talk about — what else? — the USA PATRIOT Act.

The American Library Association believes that government powers should be focused and subject to clear standards and judicial review and oversight. Brey-Casiano said, “portions of the USA PATRIOT Act abridge people’s First Amendment right to read and think freely. In this country, we are entitled to read and research a topic or opinion without the fear that the government is looking over our shoulder.”

A little over a month ago, the Montana State Legislature passed a bill with strong bipartisan support critical of the USA PATRIOT Act and encouraging Congress to let parts of it sunset,

That the 59th Montana Legislature supports the government of the United States in its campaign against terrorism and affirms the commitment of the United States that the campaign not be waged at the expense of essential civil rights and liberties of citizens of this country that are protected in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is the policy of the citizens of Montana to oppose any portion of the USA PATRIOT Act that violates the rights and liberties guaranteed under the Montana Constitution or the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.

Other Councilors elected

List of other councilors elected, from the same press release. Congrats everyone.

Khafre K. Abif
Monika Antonelli
Toni Bernardi
Kathleen E. Bethel
Mary Biblo
Nick Buron
Audra Caplan
Barbara Cole
Diedre (Dee) Conkling
Julie A. Cummins
Kathy East
Randall Enos
Barbara A. Genco
Dee Gwaltney
Ling Hwey Jeng
Wei Jeng-Chu
Erlene Bishop Killeen
Margaret L. Kirkpatrick
Charles E. Kratz
Bonnie Kunzel
Kathy Lehman
Rory Litwin
David Loertscher **
Mary Long
Peter Mcdonald
Michael J. Miller
Toni Negro
Sylvia Norton *
Ana-Elba Pavon
Virginia Sanchez
Jan Sanders **
Sherrie Schmidt
Barbara K. Stripling
Theresa A. Tobin
Lisa Von Drasek
Ann Carlson Weeks

33 to be elected for 2005-2008
2 to be elected for 2005-2007**
1 to be elected for 2005-2006*

ALA Annual Wiki – by Meredith

Please check out the ALA Annual Wiki that Meredith has set up if you’re planning on attending the conference in Chicago in June. This is a great idea. There is already a lot of good information there, and if you know anything, feel free to add it. The more I get used to wikis through my work with Wikipedia and my own experiments [yes I had a wiki, no I don’t anymore, yes I will have one again] the more I get excited about the potential benefits of providing simple easy-to-learn ways for people to collaborate online.