NY-NJ Chapter LogoNewsletter
Spring 2002

In This Issue

From the Editors

From the Chair

Spring Dinner 2002

From the Incoming Chair

Kudos for Chapter Members

Web Watch

Brave New World

In the Literature

Technology Review

Hospital Library Notes

RML Update

Advocacy Update

Special Feature:
Focus Groups

Online Newsletter Index

The Newsletter is published for the members of the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

Editor of this issue:

Gail Hendler, Ehrman Medical Library, New York University Medical School, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016, S-10, Phone: 212-263-8925, Fax: 212-263-8196, E-mail: hendler@library.med.nyu.edu.

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Posted 4/4/2002
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Advocacy Committee Report

by Elaine Wells, Chair,
Advocacy Committee

Kohn Vision Science Library
SUNY College of Optometry

Patriot Legislation
On October 11, the Senate passed S. 1510, also known as the Anti-Terrorist Act of 2001. The final vote was 96 to 1 with only Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) voting against the bill.

Despite the best efforts of the library community, "problematic privacy provisions" regarding library records, patron privacy and computer trespassing were retained in the final legislation, according to an article on the American Library Association web site. For more detailed information, log onto www.ala.org/washoff/patriot.html.

The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is a contract law designed to standardize the licensing of software and all other forms of digital information. It would adversely affect libraries, schools, universities, and individual consumers of software. Thus far, only two states (Maryland and Virginia) have adopted the law, but other state legislatures are considering it.

In the case of Tasini vs. the New York Times, it was decided that freelance writers own the rights to what they produce and their works cannot be reproduced without their permission. Publishers have, therefore, pulled freelancersí contributions from the material they provide to databases. Libraries, and the scholars and students who use them, risk losing access to complete archives. Copyright, of course, remains an area to watch.

Annual National Library Legislative Day
The 28th Annual National Library Legislation Day will be held May 6th and 7th, 2002. The coordinators for New York State are Mary Rinato Berman, Deputy Director of the Westchester Library System, who can be reached at 914-674-3600; and Robert Bellinger, Associate Director for the Staten Island branches of the New York Public Library, at 718-720-5766. Although public librarians outnumber medical librarians by a wide margin at this event, the legislative packets provide a wealth of information on issues worth watching.

For more information on legislative issues affecting libraries, check out the Medical Library Association web site at www.mlanet.org.

Thanks to Committee Member Tom Angelo for providing updates for inclusion in this newsletter.