ALA-IF / ALA-LG
I Have My Eye On You: The Impact of Pervasive Government Surveillance on Our Rights and Liberties
In the name of increased security, governments are turning to pervasive, warrantless, suspicionless surveillance to track individuals’ activities in both the public and private realm, posing a very real threat to our rights of free speech, privacy, and free association. Join our panelists in exploring the tools of the new surveillance regime, such as data mining, security cameras, locational tracking, and biometric identifiers and learn about their potential for abuse and the need to establish a system of transparency and accountability to protect our civil liberties.
Proving Our Relevance: A Comparison of European and American Assessment Practices
Increasingly academic libraries, along with their parent universities are required to assess their impact, determine their value, assess and evaluate their services and establish strategies for improvement. This session will provide a forum for European librarians to describe their assessment techniques and strategies, with a librarian from the United States providing a comparative analysis.
Subjects: International Issues, Assessment-Evaluation
ALA-LITERACY / ALA-OITP / PLA / ALA-OLOS
Digital Literacy at the Front Lines of Library Service: Issues, challenges, and opportunities
Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. Librarians serving diverse, underserved communities are regularly confronted with digital literacy dilemmas. In addition to providing access to technology and basic and increasingly creative instruction, they must address the boundaries of patron privacy, the increasing importance of adaptive technology, and the complex issues around digital citizenship. Panelists will address these issues and begin a national conversation. Sponsored by ALA’s Committee on Literacy, OITP Digital Literacy Task Force, the OLOS Advisory Committee, and PLA.
Subjects: Literacy, Technology
Seeing is Believing: Understanding Data Visualization for Library Research
The workshop will provide an overview of best practices in the graphical presentation of quantitative information, emphasizing the need for clarity, fairness, and efficiency. The purpose of data visualization is to display data impartially in order to uncover the ‘stories’ data have to tell. Attendees will learn to adopt practices that enhance effective portrayal of these stories and to avoid those that interfere. Guidelines for choosing chart styles, highlighting key data patterns, and more will be presented. Examples of poor practices lurking in popular graphical software features will be included.
Subjects: Research and Statistics, Assessment and Evaluation
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