Associate Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
Security Task Force/IT Policy & Planning
EDUCAUSE/University of Maryland
The government’s response to the terrorist acts of September 11th presents several difficult challenges for the academic community. Information is being removed from web sites and library collections in an effort to enhance our nation’s security. A presidential directive is encouraging institutions to identify and stop offering sensitive courses. The USA PATRIOT Act broadly expands government surveillance authority and affects standards for both domestic criminal investigations and foreign intelligence surveillance powers. Questions for the academic community include:
- What is the likely impact on open access and the future of networked information?
- What are the implications for colleges and universities, especially as service providers?
- How should the higher education and the library community respond?
This session will review developments following September 11th and invite discussion of campus experiences, concerns, and strategies.