ARCHIVED: Appreciation for Commitment to Public Access

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June 20, 1997

The Honorable John W. Warner
Chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

In January I wrote to you, on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries, to commend you and the Committee for holding the important hearings on "Public Access to Government Information in the 21st Century," and to request the prompt publication of the hearings' record. I was pleased to have recently received a copy of the hearings from JCP Staff Director Eric Peterson.

We applaud your resolve to introduce legislation this year to revise Title 44 and to strengthen the Federal Depository Library Program. The American Association of Law Libraries, as a member of the Inter-Association Working Group on Federal Information Policy, participated in drafting the library community's proposed language for chapter 19 that was transmitted to you last week.

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is a nonprofit educational organization with over 5,000 members nationwide. Our members respond to the legal and governmental information needs of legislators, judges, and other public officials at all levels of government, corporations and small businesses, law professors and students, attorneys, and members of the general public.

Senator Warner, we appreciate your strong ties to the law library community going back to your law school days at the University of Virginia. We are pleased that you recognize the unique value of law libraries, many of which serve their communities as federal depository libraries. We join you in your efforts to ensure that the use of new technologies results in improved public access to information produced by all three branches of government, including the judiciary. Thank you for your continued, strong commitment to public access.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Oakley
American Association of Law Libraries
Washington Affairs Representative