8 C o l u m b i a U n i v e r s i t y RECORD January 24, 2003 Libraries Host Videoconference on USA Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Measures Susman laid out legislative BY KARI SMITH realities. Responding to a question on Columbia Libraries recently types of information that hosted over 70 people for the library patron records might be Association of Research requested by law enforcement Libraries sponsored videocon- agencies, Neal said, “There is ference, “Safeguarding Our nothing in the law which Patron’s Privacy: What Every requires us to authenticate any Librarian Needs to Know individuals as they act to use About the USA Patriot Act and collections or electronic infor- Related Anti-Terrorism Mea- mation. There is nothing which sures.” dictates what information we University Librarian James need to collect.” G. Neal was one of four pan- Both Neal and Strong elists for the two-hour video- stressed that records and com- conference broadcast from puter data could only be seized Washington, D.C. Over 250 by warrant—an extreme situa- locations across the United tion. The USA Patriot Act States hosted the broadcast applies not only to library with over 7,000 viewers. Fol- patron information but also to lowing the broadcast, two of computer and internet data Columbia’s law librarians exchanges. Neal recommended answered questions from the that people “Follow existing audience assembled in Butler privacy policies and always Library’s Tauber Room. call your supervisor immedi- Doris MacMillian moderated ately when a law enforcement the informative session with officer asks for patron or oper- James Neal, Gary Strong, ations information.” director, Queensborough Pub- Columbia’s Representative lic Library, Tracy Mitrano, pol- Committee of Librarians icy advisor and director of (RCL) along with the Informa- Computer Law and Policy at tion Services Division Training Cornell and Thomas Susman, and Staff Development office partner, Ropes & Gray, Wash- were local sponsors for the ington, D.C. event. Susman opened with basics Jeff Carroll, president of the of the USA Patriot Act, FBI RCL, said, “This is an example guidelines and Homeland of the types of quality pro- Security legislation. Neal and grams that can be brought to Strong then discussed the Columbia and delivered to a implications of this policy on large number of professional libraries. Following a call-in staff in a cost-effective way.” question and answer session, He continued, “It is also exem- Mitrano discussed policies, plary of how Columbia Univer- protocols, and procedures per sity Libraries can exert a lead- the PATRIOT Act. The four ership roll on the national speakers discussed how scene.” libraries and librarians should Carroll also commented on respond. In the final discus- the local arrangements for the sion on issues and concerns; videoconference, “This event Mitrano addressed Constitu- revealed the depth of resources tional issues, Neal and Strong from which we have to draw spoke about library values, and here at Columbia.” University Librarian James Neal, on screen at left, participates in a videoconference on the USA Patriot Act. New York’s Secretary of State Playwriting Student Wins Liberace Scholarship Randy Daniels Visits Medical Center BY KRISTIN STERLING “The Liberace Foundation Liberace Foundation. Last is one of the major support- year’s Liberace Scholar, ers of emerging artists Bathsheba Doran, had her Although he is a first- nationwide, and we are hon- play “Until Morning” pro- year playwriting student in ored to have received this duced by BBC Radio 4 in the School of the Arts April. She also adapted (SOA), Brandon “Paul” Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” Cohen has already had for production in Novem- international theatre experi- ber as an MFA Thesis pro- ence. While in the Peace ject. Since 1976 the Liberace Corps in Malawi, Africa, Foundation for the Per- besides teaching math, forming and Creative Arts English and geography, has provided more than Cohen also edited and pro- $4.5 million in scholarship duced Shakespeare’s grants, benefiting more “Twelfth Night,” adapting than 1,400 students. it for a Central African Liberace considered the audience. Foundation on of his great- After a few years of vari- est achievements. In his ous jobs, including working book, “The Things I on the 2000 census, Cohen Love,” Liberace wrote “a returned to his passion of lot of good things have playwriting, enrolling in happened to me in show RECORD PHOTO BY ERICA GONZALEZ the SOA’s Theatre Arts pro- business and I want to do At the invitation of Columbia’s Office of Community Relations, gram. Thanks to a grant what I can to give others New York Secretary of State Randy Daniels, center, toured the Thel- from the Liberace Founda- RECORD PHOTO BY KRISTIN STERLING just starting out a career ma C. Davidson Adair Medical and Dental Center on January 7, tion for the Performing and boost.” 2003. Creative Arts, Cohen is Brandon “Paul” Cohen During his career Liber- With a focus on senior citizens, the center, which is an initiative Columbia’s 2002-03 Liber- 2002-03 Liberace scholar. ace, an internationally ace Scholar. renowned pianist and of Columbia University Health Care, Inc., uniquely provides med- showman, performed with The merit-based review prestigious award again this ical and dental care under one roof to patients with Medicare or year, enabling us to recog- major symphonies from the major commercial insurance. “The Adair Center is a state-of-the- process is limited to promising and deserving nize the work of our most London Philharmonic to art facility that responds impressively to the needs of Northern graduate students in the promising students,” said the Boston Pops and enter- Manhattan residents,” Daniels said. Joining the Secretary of State playwriting program who Bruce Ferguson, SOA dean. tained audiences with clas- are Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Rela- demonstrate exceptional This is the second consec- sical and popular music as tions Larry Dais, left, and Allan Formicola, vice dean of Colum- talent, drive and artistic utive year that the SOA was well as stage and television bia’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery. potential. awarded a grant from the shows.
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