171 CALL Bull. 1 (Winter 1999)

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Winter 1999
No. 171








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                   The President's Letter

                   May this New Year be a great one for all of you! 1999 is underway with its attendant challenges
                   and excitements. The millenium approaches, whether you believe it starts in 2000 or a short 366
                   days later.

                   We are fortunate to work in a profession and in environments where the demand for information,
                   often the latest, is constant. We have access to electronic information for many reasons-to pro-
          0)       vide information to our patrons in a timely, cost-effective manner, to deal with liability issues,
   O     'i        and to keep up with the clients (or the Joneses). We also have access to the technology, with its
                   inherent costs of scale, as the gateway to provide this effective and efficient information.

                   The issue of access to information, however, is not limited to each of us in our own work situa-
                   tion. Our lives both professional and personal are and will be continuously affected by the leaps
                   in technology development and the quantity of information it delivers. If we look beyond our
                   own world, we realize that the average person does not have the same kind of access.

          ZThe Illinois Information Advantage is the Illinois Library Association's (ILA) public policy
                   agenda for 1999. The goal of this initiative is To insure that every Illinois citizen has equitable
                   access to the information that will be needed to succeed over the next decade. Its solution:
                   Create the Illinois Information Advantage, a statewide initiative organized and administered by
                   libraries, to provide access to a broad array of digitized resources and training in the use of those
                   resources. Its request: We ask that you support legislation in the Illinois Systems Act that will
                   create this new program and an appropriation in the Illinois Secretary of State's grants budget to
          0fund the program.

                   At ILA's invitation, CALL's Board is writing a letter of support for such legislation. Each of
                   you, as individuals or as part of an organization in the business of providing information, might
                   think about the importance of such an initiative and choose to act in support of such an effort.
                   Details of this initiative are available from Robert P. Doyle, Executive Director, Illinois Library
                   Association, 33 W. Grand Ave. Suite 301, Chicago, IL 60610-4306, or from me.

                   Not all CALL members are residents of Illinois; check out what your state is doing. Indiana,
                   Georgia and Pennsylvania already have statewide programs in place.

                   -Carolyn Hayes, President

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