Yesterday the California Library Association -Intellectual Freedom committee met at the San Rafael Public Library and decided to:
1) Set up a blog corner at the LibraryLaw Blog, under the subject tag "California Library Association Intellectual Freedom News." This is its first post.
2) Extend the deadline for nominations for the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award until Friday August 26th. Send nominations to David Dodd, committee chair. Please nominate someone who has made a difference for free speech in California libraries.
3) Discussed issues to present at the November conference such as:
a) the federal government depository library program's growing tendency to hire private companies to package public domain data and sell it. This information is put on the web, but passworded and only available for free through official depository libraries
b) RFID - the need for the technology to have a "kill and revive" feature so that the chips can be turned off when books leave the library, and turned back on when they return
c) the tension between anti-spam legislation and free speech
d) open source software for filtering so that libraries know what stop lists are being used
e) use of library community rooms for religious services