Kenneth J. Klingenstein
Director, Middleware and Security
Internet2 and University of Colorado, Boulder
Federation continues to evolve, spreading in scope, growing rapidly in membership, being applied to layers from networked devices to scholarly repositories, enabling more effective collaborations and collaboration tools, evolving in services offered and steady in its introduction of new issues that libraries could have a hand in addressing. This session will begin by providing an update on activities in InCommon, including the active discussions on its future interactions, as well as state, system and international federations. It will also describe the application of federation to government interactions, to new networking approaches, and to collaborations. The discussion will then move to the numerous issues emerging for which the skills and roles of academic librarians would be welcome participants. Topics in this space include the role of libraries in training users on privacy management, the role of libraries in setting institutional attribute release policies, sources of authority for data, sources of authority for metadata, and defining attribute schema in the public interest for user access controls.