WAO: Background Reading
PURPOSE: To assess the evolution and current role of the Washington Affairs Office as the center of the Association's government relations activities and to make recommendations for the future direction and continuity of those efforts.
CHARGE: The Special Committee will review the purpose and operation of the Washington Affairs Office and its relationship to the Executive Board, the Government Relations Committee, the Copyright Committee, the Access to Electronic Legal Information and Citation Formats Committee, the Government Documents Special Interest Section, and any other entities involved with information policy and advocacy.
The Special Committee should consider and make recommendations to the Executive Board on the following, as well as any other matters that it deems relevant:
- How the Washington Affairs Office should be staffed and managed in the future
- Whether it is a desirable or viable option to appoint another Washington Affairs Office representative who is a practicing law librarian and who is compensated only by an honorarium. If so, the qualifications that should be required, the terms and conditions of employment, and how the representative should be selected
- The type of support needed by the Washington Affairs Office staff in interpreting and applying the AALL Government Relations Policy, and how that support can be provided expeditiously so that AALL can respond to rapidly changing political situations
- The role of the Washington Affairs Office in advocacy, intellectual property, and access to and dissemination of government information
- How AALL can prepare for orderly succession planning for Washington Affairs Office staff
- Whether the Washington Affairs Office should continue to be located at Georgetown Law School if possible, and if it is not, what other options are desirable and feasible
The Committee should prepare an interim report for the Summer 2008 Executive Board meeting and a Final Report for the Fall 2008 Executive Board meeting.
SIZE: The Committee will consist of a Chair, six members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison. The Executive Director will serve as staff liaison.
MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: Committee members should have experience in government policy or advocacy.
TENURE: Members will be appointed for a term of one year, from January 2008 - December 2008.
STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE: Goal III: Advocacy
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES: The Washington Affairs Office Review Special Committee will work closely with the Government Relations Committee, the Copyright Committee, the Access to Electronic Legal Information and Citation Formats Committee, and the Government Documents Special Interest Section