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									Thomas H. Hogan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President and CEO
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Roger R. Bilboul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board                                 by DICK KASER   |
Richard T. Kaser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President, Content


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                                                                                                                                            or the past few weeks, I’ve been watching the ongoing case
Barbara Brynko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor-in-Chief                                      of a public school district just outside Philadelphia that re-
Deborah Poulson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editorial Services Manager                                              cently issued laptops to about 200 of its students. That’s
                                                                                                                                   good news, but the story doesn’t stop there.
Cindy Martine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Copy Editor
                                                                                                                These school-issued laptops came equipped with built-in webcams and software to
Michael Baumann, Kurt Schiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Editors
                                                                                                            help track the computers in the event of theft. However, some school officials allegedly
Celeste Peterson-Sloss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proofreader        could not resist the temptation to switch on the cameras and check on what the students
Paula J. Hane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . News Bureau Chief         were doing at home. This was reportedly done in secret and without full disclosure to
                                                                                                            the parents of the minors who were using the machines.
Vol. 27 | Issue 4 |          April 2010                                                                         To my knowledge, it still requires a court order to conduct any type of wiretapping.
                                                                                                            Even the FBI cannot legitimately monitor a U.S. citizen at home without the express
                                                                                                            permission of the courts and probable cause. At the very least, such clandestine activities
                                                                                                            would require a secret writ, issued under the USA PATRIOT Act.
                                                                                                                In the collective sense, librarians have been staunch defenders of library patrons’

              LETTER FROM THE EDITOR                                                                        rights to privacy, and we have covered their resistance to the PATRIOT Act extensively
                                                                                                            in these pages. I hope that no one in a library would participate in a surveillance activity
                                                                                                            such as the one alleged in the Philadelphia-area school district. But I cannot say the

OK,           last issue I complained about the record snowfall we had and how I
              didn’t think we’d see any green grass before June. But what a dif-
ference a month makes. As daylight savings time rolled around in mid-March
                                                                                                            same for employers. My quick Google search revealed endless examples of “best practices”
                                                                                                            condoning the monitoring of email sent from company-issued machines.
                                                                                                                At the NFAIS conference in February, more than one speaker observed that mobile
this year, so did the 60-plus temperatures and some blue skies, along with a touch                          devices (which are taking over the once-popular niche that laptops filled) are now be-
of spring fever. Best of all, by the time we sent our files to the printer for this                         ing used interchangeably for personal and business purposes; I would wager that most
issue, the snow and ice mounds in the company parking lot were but a memory.                                professionals really couldn’t tell you where their private lives end and their work lives
    Be sure to check our front page for our trio of reports. The first is an                                begin. So where did the idea arise that rules written in an employee handbook can ac-
interview with David Ferriero, now at the helm as Archivist of the U.S. The                                 tually override the primary law of the land and confer rights upon private entities that
other two feature stories offer an update on e-readers, and speaking of spring,                             the government doesn’t even have?
we take a look at the greening of IT enterprises.                                                               It’s time that people in responsible positions sign up for a refresher course in American
    This season, the information technology industry has a full roster of confer-                           civics. In this country, there seems to be an increasingly common belief that pursuing good
ences to pick and choose from. Our conference section includes in-depth reports                             justifies any means and that technology can be exploited to its full extent as a means to any
on 2010 NFAIS, OnCopyright 2010, the O’Reilly Tools of Change, and the Elec-                             
								
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