Magazine article American Libraries

RUSA Criticized for Pulling Website Content

Magazine article American Libraries

RUSA Criticized for Pulling Website Content

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The ALA Council electronic discussion list lit up with criticism in October after word got out that RUSA, on the advice of ALA's attorney, had pulled a presentation from its website following complaints from a vendor that the posting was full of inaccuracies.

According to a Council list posting from RUSA President Nancy Huling, the division received a fax from the vendor, subsequently identified as Ex Libris, stating that there were factual errors in the presentation about its MetaLib portal--prepared by Maggie Ressel and Araby Greene of the University of Nevada at Reno for the joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference in Toronto in June--and asking that the firm be given an opportunity to respond on the RUSA website. Instead, RUSA members decided to consult with attorney Paula Goedert, who advised that if ALA were to publish an error of fact that could be demonstrated to be damaging, the Association could be liable for damages.

Criticism of the decision to pull the presentation centered on what the appropriate course of action should be when someone claims ALA has published erroneous information. …

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