The Official Publication of SWALL: 
The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
A Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

SWALL BULLETIN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FROM THE BENCH

President's Letter
from Beth Youngdale

SWALL AT AALL

SWALL Members at the Twin Cities: A Round up of the 2001 AALL Annual Meeting 
by Robert Hu

TRANSCRIPT

Minutes of SWALL Business Meeting: Minnesota
by Susan Spillman

WILLS AND ESTATES: 
ARCHIVAL AND PRESERVATION

Rice University's Seminar on Collection Preservation in Light of Hurricane Allison
by Mark Lambert

SIDEBAR

My AALL Experience: 2001
by Caren Luckie

Reflections Upon Retiring From The Colorado Supreme Court Library
by Lois Calvert

Changes in Law Libraries from 1996 to 2001:
Survey Data for Southwest Librarians

by Sue Altmeyer

STATUTORY SUPPLEMENTS:
STATE LEGISLATURES

Bills from 63rd Colorado Legislative Session of Interest to Law Librarians 
by Molly Otto

Compiling Legislative History in Texas
by Matthew Mantel

Arkansas Legislative History Research Guide 
by Kathryn C. Fitzhugh

EXPERT WITNESSES:
REGIONAL REPORTS

News From the CoALL Annual Holiday Party 
by Karen Selden 

COURT FILINGS: 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

News from the Arkansas Supreme Court Library

News From the University of Arkansas

News from the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library

News From The Colorado Supreme Court

News from the National Indian Law Library in Boulder, Colorado

News from the Texas State Law Library

News from Vinson & Elkins in Houston
by Karl Gruben

News from the AALL Government Relations Committee:
Call For Nominations For The 2002 Public Access To Government Information Award
 

Fall 2001, Vol. 32 No. 2

COURT FILINGS: 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEWS FROM THE AALL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE: 
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 
2002 PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AWARD

AALL’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) monitors federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments (except for copyright) that are expected to affect the Association, law librarianship, law libraries, or the dissemination of information. A standing committee of AALL, the GRC advises the Executive Board and the Washington Affairs Office about these issues and coordinates efforts to communicate Association views on information policy issues to government entities at all levels.

GRC develops the legislative update session at the AALL annual meeting in conjunction with the Washington Affairs Office. In recent years the committee also has initiated a liaison program, wherein committee members make contact with AALL chapter officers or committee chairs who monitor information issues in their regions. To further this initiative, SWALL members vested with this responsibility for their local law library associations are urged to contact their GRC liaison, Charlene Cain (LSU Law Library, llcain@lsu.edu), with information policy questions or problems in their states.

In relation to another of its charges, the Government Relations Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2002 Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award. Established in1999, this award honors significant contributions by persons or organizations involved in the protection and promotion of greater public access to government information. Recipients need not be law librarians or members of AALL. Previous PAGI award winners have been the United States Government Printing Office in 1999 for its website, GPO Access, and the Library of Congress in 2000 in honor of its website, THOMAS. Criteria for selection include:

1) a contribution that significantly improves public access to government information, thereby increasing the public's knowledge about the workings of government;

2) the extent to which the individual or organization has had a positive impact on protecting and promoting public access to governmental information;

3) the extent to which the effort advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy. Though nominations are solicited annually, there is no requirement that the award be given every year.

The award is jointly administered by the Government Relations and Awards Committees. All nominations are considered on an individual basis, with complete confidentiality, and according to the criteria listed above. Nominations must be sent to the Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Anne Burnett (University of Georgia Law Library, Law School, Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602 aburnett@arches.uga.edu), no later than February 2, 2002.

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