Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2191 on March 23, which would have required schools to notify parents if their child is enrolled in a course in which the instructional materials include sexually explicit content. McAuliffe said that the Virginia Board of Education had determined that existing state policy regarding sensitive or controversial instruction material is sufficient and that additional action would be “unnecessarily burdensome on the instructional process.”
WSET-TV, Lynchburg, Va., Mar. 23
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 was introduced late on March 23. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich), would make the position a presidential appointment, requiring confirmation by the Senate, and with a term limit of 10 years. Currently it is an appointment of the Librarian of Congress and has no term limit. The Library Copyright Alliance opposes the bill.
Broadcasting & Cable, Mar. 23
For the second time in less than a year, the Illinois attorney general’s office has found that the Aurora Public Library board violated the state Open Meetings Act. But in a letter written in mid-March, S. Piya Mukherjee, an assistant attorney general in the office’s Public Access Bureau, said the public access counselor “has determined that resolution of this matter does not require issuance of a binding opinion” and that the letter sent “serves to close this matter.”
Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News, Mar. 23
John Amundsen writes: “As social justice and the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion continue to gain prominence in the national sphere, the 2017 ACRL Conference in Baltimore has presented a great opportunity to examine how this evolving conversation is influencing developments in academic libraries. What would it look like if academic libraries incorporated equity, diversity, and inclusion into their everyday work?”
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 24
Spreading digital fluency is now a core responsibility of academic libraries, and artificial intelligence and the internet of things are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services like never before. These are just two of the revelations of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, released at the ACRL Conference in Baltimore. The report aims to help leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment for academic libraries.
eCampus News, Mar. 24
Carl Straumsheim writes: “Arizona State University will spend ‘well more than $100 million’ over the next few years to renovate and rethink its libraries, the clearest indication yet of how the library fits into the institution’s plan for the public research university of the future. Later in 2017, ASU plans to close the Hayden Library on its Tempe campus for a two-year renovation, but it will continue to work on expanding the library resources and services available to its students.”
Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 24
April Dawkins writes: “On March 21, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools voluntarily chose to pull Jacob’s New Dress from a lesson on anti-bullying because Republican legislators in the state’s General Assembly were up in arms. The book was intended to be part of a lesson piloted in first grade classes in four elementary schools as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The lesson is a part of a series from a new program called Welcoming Schools, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, Mar. 23
Gary Robbins writes: “There’s been a lot of dust-ups over the rise of digital. Some people passionately prefer print, and stiffly wave away the very notion of change. Then there’s people like Brian Schottlaender, who loves both and who found a way to bring them together during his 18 years as UC San Diego’s head librarian. Schottlaender recently sat down with the Union-Tribune to discuss his work, and what he plans to do when he retires in June.”
San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune, Mar. 21
Test your knowledge on cybersecurity topics and terms by taking Pew Research Center’s 10-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 1,055 randomly selected adult internet users surveyed online June 17–27, 2016. When you finish, you will be able to compare your scores with other Americans and see explanations for the terms and topics in each question.
Pew Research Center
Amy Carlton writes: “Information and storytelling emerged as major themes at the biennial ACRL conference, which opened in Baltimore on March 22 with a keynote address by British data journalist David McCandless. McCandless uses colorful, interactive data visualization and information design charts and graphs as vehicles to clarify enormous sets of information. He explained how designed information can help us understand the world and reveal patterns, connections, and stories.”
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 23
Stephanie Graves, director of learning and outreach at Texas A&M University Libraries, was selected as the 2017 winner of the ETS Achievement Award, administered by the RUSA Emerging Technologies Section. Graves has been an active member of ETS for many years, starting in 2005 and serving on numerous committees. Graves will receive a citation at the RUSA Achievement Awards ceremony on June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
RUSA, Mar. 23
The US Senate on March 23, in a 50–48 party line vote, decided to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers’ explicit consent before selling or sharing web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies. The rules were approved by the FCC in October 2016, but are opposed by Republicans in Congress. The Senate used its power under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the FCC rulemaking “shall have no force or effect” and to prevent the FCC from issuing similar regulations in the future.
Ars Technica, Mar. 23