ARCHIVED: Government Relations Committee (2007-2010)

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2009-2010 Charge

TYPE: Policy Committee

PURPOSE: The Committee serves to represent, promote and advocate the information policy interests of the Association regarding policies, laws, regulations and other developments that may affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information, with the exception of copyright issues, which are governed exclusively by the Copyright Committee.

CHARGE: The Committee shall monitor all federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, with the exception of copyright issues, that may affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information, and shall advise the Executive Board and the Government Relations Office about these issues.

The Committee shall coordinate with the Government Relations Office to communicate Association views on information policy issues to all levels of government. The Committee may, in accordance with Committee and Association policy, work with the AALL Government Relations Office to prepare and communicate Association positions to appropriate governmental bodies and to other interested groups, while keeping the President and the Executive Board informed of all such efforts. On critical issues, the manner of communication shall be determined by the Chair, the Government Relations Director and the President.

The Committee shall inform the membership of notable information policy issues and other relevant matters and provide educational opportunities and tools for the membership in information policy and advocacy. Committee members will serve as liaisons to chapter government relations committees and support the local advocacy efforts of chapters and individual members.

The Committee will select one or more recipients every year for the AALL Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award, or no recipients if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified, and will submit the winning recipients' name(s) to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will oversee the grant of the PAGI Award and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award to the recipients selected by the Government Relations Committee.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Members must have an interest in and knowledge of government policy issues and must be willing to commit a significant amount of time to the Committee's work. All members must submit a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the AALL Conflict of Interest Policy. When appointing members to subcommittees or to work on particular tasks, the chair shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any real or perceived bias or conflict of interest.

TENURE: Membership on the Committee shall normally be for three years. The returning member selected as Vice Chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become Chair of the Committee in the third year.

SIZE: The Committee shall normally consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, nine members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison. Normally the President serves as the Executive Board liaison to the Committee. In addition, the President-elect may choose to appoint one or more members with significant information policy expertise to serve as informal advisors to the Committee.

When making appointments to this committee, the President-elect will strive to achieve a balance among the interests of members employed in different settings, whenever that can be accomplished while also meeting the requirements of Government Relations Committee membership. When appointing the Chair of the committee, the President-elect shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any potential or perceived conflict of interest.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE:

Goal II - Education
Goal III - Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES: The Committee consults with the following other committees on relevant issues, as necessary:

Copyright Committee
When the committee encounters issues related to copyright or licensing law, it shall consult with the Copyright Committee, which has exclusive committee jurisdiction over copyright issues.

Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation Committee
When the Committee works on issues related to electronic legal information or citation reform, it shall consult with the Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation Committee.

Awards Committee
The Committee shall work with the Awards committee regarding the Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award.

In addition, the Committee may work with the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the AALL Representative to the Federal Depository Library Council, and the Council of Chapter Presidents, for issues related to those constituencies.

2008-2009 Charge

TYPE:
Policy Committee

PURPOSE: The Committee serves to promote the information policy interests of the Association regarding policies, laws, regulations and other developments that may affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information, with the exception of copyright issues, which are governed exclusively by the Copyright Committee.

CHARGE: The Committee shall monitor all federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, with the exception of copyright issues, that may affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information, and shall advise the Executive Board and the Government Relations Office about these issues. The Committee shall coordinate all efforts to testify, or otherwise communicate Association views, on information policy issues to any branch of government at any level. The Committee may, on its own initiative, prepare testimony or otherwise communicate Association views consistent with the AALL Government Relations Policy to appropriate governmental bodies and other interested groups and shall keep the Executive Board informed of all such efforts.

Where necessary or desirable, the Committee shall make recommendations for policy changes to the Executive Board or the membership. The Committee may draft proposed resolutions, position papers, or letters for adoption by the Executive Board or by the membership.

The Committee shall inform the membership of notable information policy issues, and other relevant matters. In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for the legislative update session at the annual meeting.

The Committee will select one (1) or more recipients every year for the AALL Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award and the Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award, or no recipients if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified, and will submit the winning recipients' name(s) to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will oversee the grant of the PAGI Award and the Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award to the recipients selected by the Government Relations Committee.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Members must have the resources to monitor federal legislation. All members must submit a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the AALL Conflict of Interest Policy. When appointing members to subcommittees or to work on particular tasks, the chair shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any real or perceived bias or conflict of interest.

TENURE: Membership on the Committee shall normally be for three years. The returning member selected as Vice Chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become Chair of the Committee in the third year.

SIZE: The Committee shall normally consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, nine members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison. Normally the President serves as the Executive Board liaison to the Committee. In addition, the President-elect may choose to appoint one or more members with significant information policy expertise to serve as informal advisors to the Committee.

When making appointments to this committee, the President-elect will strive to achieve a balance among the interests of members employed in different settings, and consider the potential impact of publisher interests on the work of the committee. When appointing the Chair of the committee, the President-elect shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any potential or perceived conflict of interest.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE:

Goal II - Education
Goal III - Advocacy

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES: The Committee consults with the following other committees on relevant issues, as necessary:

Copyright Committee
When the committee encounters issues related to copyright or licensing law, it shall consult with the Copyright Committee, which has exclusive committee jurisdiction over copyright issues.

Access to Electronic Legal Information and Citation Formats Committee
When the Committee works on issues related to electronic legal information or citation reform, it shall consult with the Access to Electronic Legal Information and Citation Formats Committee.

Awards Committee
The Committee shall work with the Awards committee regarding the Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award.

In addition, the Committee may work with the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the AALL Representative to the Federal Depository Library Council, and the Council of Chapter Presidents, for issues related to those constituencies.

2007-2008 Charge

CHARGE:
The Government Relations Committee shall monitor all federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF COPYRIGHT, that would affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information, and shall advise the AALL Board and the AALL Washington Affairs Office about these issues.

For those matters which the Committee deems sufficiently important, it should inform the membership through the newsletter or other means. The committee shall coordinate all efforts to testify or otherwise communicate Association views on information policy issues to any branch of government at any level. In furtherance of this goal, the committee may draft proposed resolutions, position papers, or letters for adoption by the Executive Board or the membership. The Committee may, on its own initiative, prepare testimony or otherwise communicate Association views consistent with the Government Relations Policy to appropriate governmental bodies and other interested groups and shall keep the Executive Board informed of all such efforts. Where necessary or desirable, the Committee shall make recommendations for policy changes to the Executive Board or the membership. The Committee shall be responsible for the legislative update session at the annual meeting. The Committee shall consult with other AALL committees when issues handled by committee's overlap.

(Approved March, 1996 Board Meeting-Tab 22b, page 2245)

SIZE: The committee shall consist of eleven members and the chair. When making appointments to this committee, the President-Elect will strive to achieve a balance among the interests of members employed in different settings, and consider the potential impact of publisher interests on the work of the committee. When appointing the Chair of the committee, the President-Elect shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any potential or perceived conflict of interest.

(Amended July, 1999 Board Meeting - Tab 8A, page 2716-2717)

QUALIFICATIONS: Members must have the resources to monitor federal legislation. All members must submit a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the AALL Conflict of Interest Policy When appointing members to subcommittees or to work on particular tasks, the chair shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any real or perceived bias or conflict of interest.

(Amended July, 1999 Board Meeting - Tab 8A, page 2716)

TERMS: Members of the Government Relations Committee are appointed for an initial two-year term like other Standing Committees, but at the President-Elect's discretion members may be offered the opportunity to serve for a second two-year appointment.

(Approved March, 1996 Board Meeting - Tab 22-22a-22c, page 2243)