Washington eBulletin – December 2018

A Look Ahead

What the Midterms Mean for Law Libraries

The results of the November 6 midterm elections will usher in an altered political landscape in Washington, with Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans retaining their majority in the Senate. The Democrats’ House victory will undoubtedly mean more oversight of the current administration, as the new majority has declared they will investigate the administration for waste, fraud, and abuse. The Senate, meanwhile, will likely push back on House priorities and promote the majority’s interests leading into the 2020 presidential election cycle.

The AALL Public Policy Priorities for the 116th Congress identifies the key information policy topics on which we can have the most influence in the divided Congress. Our overarching priorities continue to be access to justice, balance in copyright law, greater access to government information, openness in government, and protection of privacy. For the 116th Congress, we’ve added greater proactive disclosure of government information and support for a strong, centrally-coordinated Federal Depository Library Program.

The makeup of the 116th Congress will mean significant changes in our key committees in both the House and Senate. While key leadership posts won’t be decided until the beginning of the year, AALL is preparing now for these anticipated changes.

In the House, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is likely to become chair of the Committee on House Administration. Rep. Lofgren is a strong advocate for greater access to government information and she has long been a friend to the Law Library of Congress, which falls under House Administration jurisdiction. The ranking member spot could go to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), who currently serves as vice chairman of the Committee.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is expected to become chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has already expressed a desire to conduct aggressive oversight of the Trump administration as chair of the Committee, but other issues that could arise in the Committee include copyright law and access to judicial branch information. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), an advocate for greater access to PACER, will be ranking member.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) has pledged to “hold the Trump administration accountable to the American people” as the presumed incoming chair of the Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee. The Committee’s jurisdiction includes the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and public information and records. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) will become ranking member.

In the Senate, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is likely to maintain his chairmanship of the Rules and Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Library of Congress (including the Copyright Office) and the Government Publishing Office. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the current Ranking Member, is expected to retain her post unless she takes the ranking member spot on the Commerce Committee.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) could remain chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the next two years, or he could become chairman of the Finance Committee–which would allow Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to take the Judiciary gavel. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is widely expected to continue as ranking member.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will likely keep Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) as chair. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is likely to become ranking member. HSGAC is the Senate’s primary oversight committee with jurisdiction over government operations, including access to government information generally and NARA specifically.

How You Can Help

As we transition to a new Congress in January, it is essential that AALL members become effective advocates for the law libraries and legal information. AALL has extended registration for the online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress through December 3, 2018.

AALL counted several important successes in the 115th Congress, including ensuring public access to Congressional Research Service reports after decades of advocacy; greater funding for the Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office; Committee approval of the FDLP Modernization Act (H.R. 5305); and the introduction of bills to increase access to court records through PACER. With your help, we’ll be able to achieve our policy goals in 116th Congress.

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, December 3
  • Members – Free

Learn about how you can influence your members of Congress and build productive, long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff at our next online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress.” You’ll learn about AALL’s policy priorities and what the makeup of the new Congress means for our issues, identify upcoming opportunities for action, and come away with proven strategies for delivering an effective message to your members of Congress.

Act Now

Save the Date / AALL Day on the Hill

  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Washington, DC
  • Members – Free

Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.

Roundup and Review

  • AALL joined the American Library Association on comments to NARA recommending several actions NARA should take to improve its records management policies to increase transparency and public participation. AALL’s comments came in response to the Department of the Interior’s request for records disposition authority (DAA-0048-2015-0003, noticed at 83 FR 45979), which raised concerns among transparency and environmental policy advocates due to its breadth and the types of records included in the request (e.g., on oil and gas leases, mining, and endangered species).
  • AALL sent a letter to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in support of Robert C. Tapella’s nomination to be the next director of the Government Publishing Office. The American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies joined AALL on the letter.

AALL Education Update / December 2018

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP: ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE

In a world where legal information is fast-moving and constantly evolving, AALL members have unique roles as industry drivers, constantly finding new ways to deliver greater value to stakeholders, staff, and colleagues. But how do you put your ideas into action? The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation.

Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us for this 1.5-day event to learn how to:

  • Identify improvement opportunities in your workplace
  • Strategically pitch your solution to those whose support you need
  • Navigate unforeseen challenges to implementation
  • Practically test and measure the success of your project
  • Connect to a network of proactive problem solvers
  • Build internal and external partnerships to raise the profile of your services
  • Invigorate your workplace’s culture to promote ingenuity and cooperation

Make plans to join us for this Add+Venture—April 25-26, 2019 in Chicago. Registration opens soon.

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through Saturday, December 1 for grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EDITOR INSIGHTS: A WEBINAR PANEL ON PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING

  • Wednesday, December 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 7
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Register button

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published? Have you thought about writing but weren’t sure where to start? There is enormous interest in producing scholarship, but many of us struggle with making time, developing topics, and staying motivated. This webinar includes a panel of editors from five major law library publications, who will demystify the writing and publication process by providing insight into what makes a good article, what the editors look for when they review submissions, and how to build collaborative relationships with your editors. The panelists will discuss the unique attributes of different publications and help authors think strategically about publication avenues. They will also share tips for writing and producing scholarship, trends, and areas in need of more research and exploration.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

LIMITED SPACES LEFT

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Limited to 50 participants

Don’t miss this opportunity!
The next AALL Management Institute is in 2021.

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

LIGHTNING LESSONS: RESEARCH INSTRUCTION IN A FLASH
Are your patrons too busy to learn about research? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting session, while geared toward academics, has plenty of ideas for librarians from all library types on how to engage users and teach them small bits of information very quickly. Following a brief description of their slightly different methods of capture and training, co-presenters AJ Blechner from the Harvard Law School Library and Heather Joy from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library at Chapman University reenact a couple of example lessons and share how to create lightning lessons, including issues to consider when implementing them.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Fear of failure can often creep in for those of us who are constantly trying to identify new ways to best meet the needs of our users. The fear of little-to-no participation in a workshop can cause you to rethink if it’s worth the time and effort to plan and promote. Moreover, the thought that a website revision may irritate some loyal users can prevent you from trying to integrate more innovate features and tools. The fear of failure can be debilitating at times, sapping all creativity and rendering the best librarians unable to maximize their efforts toward enhancing resources and services. However, failure doesn’t have to be this way. True leaders are those who see failure not as something to fear and avoid at all costs, but instead as something that will happen more often than not on the way to success. Simply put, if you’re not failing every now and then, then you’re not innovating.

Below are some resources that discuss leadership and failure:

This book provides for a more in-depth discussion on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.

AALL eNewsletter / November 2018

AALL 2019

PROGRAMMING UPDATE

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2019. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content team leaders met in Chicago last week to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter—stay tuned!

ANNOUNCING SHON HOPWOOD AS 2019 KEYNOTE

Shon Hopwood’s path to becoming associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and co-owner of Prison Professors L.L.C. is somewhat unusual. His journey began not at a law school, but rather, federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies. While incarcerated, he prepared two petitions for certiorari, which were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court—he also won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Learn more about Shon.


Mark your calendars and book your housing—you don’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

PROBLEM SOLVER. STREAMLINER. INNOVATOR.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT?

AALL members are constantly finding new ways to better support their stakeholders, staff, and colleagues—and sometimes even small endeavors can result in big improvements. But too often, their solutions roll out with little acknowledgement. You may have heard about our upcoming AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative. We’re assembling a dynamic lineup of presenters comprised of AALL members and other thought leaders, and we’re on the lookout for members who have addressed workplace challenges by putting creative ideas into action. If you know an unsung AALL member behind a unique solution, we want to hear about them!

SAVE THE DATE

  • AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative
  • April 25-26, 2019
  • Chicago

Join legal information professionals to learn how to amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Registration announcement coming soon.

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING / REGISTER TODAY

  •  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, November 30
  • Member – Free

Learn about how you can influence your members of Congress and build productive, long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff at our next online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress.” You’ll learn about AALL’s policy priorities and what the makeup of the new Congress means for our issues, identify upcoming opportunities for action, and come away with proven strategies for delivering an effective message to your members of Congress.

AALL STATE OF THE PROFESSION SURVEY / RESPONSES DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

The inaugural AALL State of the Profession Survey was sent to members with expertise in law libraries and equivalent organizations on November 8. The goal of the project is to deliver a report to identify, clarify, and support the value of your individual and collective roles. Jamie Baker, a member of the advisory group that created the survey, explains why your input is crucial.

If you haven’t received an invitation, please contact ARI at ari@associationresearch.com with the following subject line: AALL State of the Profession Survey Requests. Those who complete the survey can opt in to get a 10 percent discount on the final report and/or to win a $100 gift card.

Additional information can be found on AALLNET.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EDITOR INSIGHTS: A WEBINAR PANEL ON PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING

  • Wednesday, December 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 7
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published? Have you thought about writing but weren’t sure where to start? There is enormous interest in producing scholarship, but many of us struggle with making time, developing topics, and staying motivated. This webinar includes a panel of editors from five major law library publications, who will demystify the writing and publication process by providing insight into what makes a good article, what the editors look for when they review submissions, and how to build collaborative relationships with your editors. The panelists will discuss the unique attributes of different publications and help authors think strategically about publication avenues. They will also share tips for writing and producing scholarship, trends, and areas in need of more research and exploration.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

LIMITED SPACES LEFT

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March 28-30, 2019
  • Hotel Palomar, Chicago, IL
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Register by Monday, February 25

Don’t miss this opportunity!
The next AALL Management Institute is in 2021.

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years (under the heading “Recipients” 2000-2017, at the bottom of page) and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

SAVE THE DATE / AALL DAY ON THE HILL

  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

LexisNexis Logo

AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

LIGHTNING LESSONS: RESEARCH INSTRUCTION IN A FLASH
Are your patrons too busy to learn about research? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting session, while geared toward academics, has plenty of ideas for librarians from all library types on how to engage users and teach them small bits of information very quickly. Following a brief description of their slightly different methods of capture and training, co-presenters AJ Blechner from the Harvard Law School Library and Heather Joy from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library at Chapman University reenact a couple of example lessons and share how to create lightning lessons, including issues to consider when implementing them.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

AALL2go Logo
See what else is on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Fear of failure can often creep in for those of us who are constantly trying to identify new ways to best meet the needs of our users. The fear of little-to-no participation in a workshop can cause you to rethink if it’s worth the time and effort to plan and promote. Moreover, the thought that a website revision may irritate some loyal users can prevent you from trying to integrate more innovate features and tools. The fear of failure can be debilitating at times, sapping all creativity and rendering the best librarians unable to maximize their efforts toward enhancing resources and services. However, failure doesn’t have to be this way. True leaders are those who see failure not as something to fear and avoid at all costs, but instead as something that will happen more often than not on the way to success. Simply put, if you’re not failing every now and then, then you’re not innovating.

Below are some resources that discuss leadership and failure:

This book provides for a more in-depth discussion on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  •  Tiffany L. Camp was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s November Librarian of the Month.
  • Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer’s latest “The Geek in Review” podcast features an interview with AALL Executive Director Vani Ungapen.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Thomas Sneed, associate professor and director of the Law Library at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, talks the AALL Career Center, community, and how KnowItAALL keeps him informed.

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Allison Belanger Student; St. Petersburg, FL
  • Joshua Bruegger Assistant Research Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Overland Park, KS
  • Ivelisse Colon System Librarian; Law Library of Montgomery County; Norristown, PA
  • Nicola Dixon Library Operations Manager; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Mark Francis CaseMine LLC
  • Jennifer Friedman Head of Acquisitions and E-Resources Management; UCLA Law Library; Los Angeles, CA
  • Sean Harrington Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; Seal Beach, CA
  • Joseph Kalet Head Librarian; San Luis Obispo County Law Library; San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Joanne Munro Morristown, NJ
  • April Dawn Park Legal Librarian & Litigation Paralegal; Glankler Brown, PLLC; Memphis, TN
  • Christie Schauder Digital Solutions Coordinator; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
  • Michele Wallbrett Library Manager/Paralegal; Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP; San Diego, CA
  • Bianca White Research Attorney; LexisNexis; Miamisburg, OH

AALL eBriefing / AALL Executive Board Election Results

YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2018 AALL Executive Board Election. This year, 1135 AALL members (30%) cast ballots and elected the following:

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT
(JULY 2019-JULY 2020)

Emily R. Florio
Director of Research & Information Services
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Washington, DC

TREASURER
(JULY 2019-JULY 2022)

Cornell H. Winston
Law Librarian & Records Center Supervisor
United States Attorney’s Office
Los Angeles, CA

BOARD MEMBERS
(JULY 2019-JULY 2022)

Emily Janoski-Haehlen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Institutional Excellence
Director of the Law Library
University of Akron
Akron, OH

Jason Sowards
Law Librarian & Director
Nevada Supreme Court Law Library
Carson City, NV

Congratulations to our successful candidates and thank you to all who ran for office. It is this commitment and dedication that makes the profession, and especially AALL, a strong and vibrant community.

Sincerely,

Luis Acosta
AALL Secretary

Washington eBulletin – November 2018

A Look Ahead

To the Midterms and Beyond

With the midterms quickly approaching, AALL is busy advocating for our final legislative priorities for the 115th Congress while also preparing for the new Congress. Although there isn’t much time left in the session, we expect some action may occur on several bills we support, including the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305) and the Electronic Court Records Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6714). In addition, we continue to urge Senators to oppose the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 1010), which would subject the Copyright Office to undue politicization.

On October 31, AALL sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 6714, urging the Committee to take prompt action on the bill after the midterms. Ten other organizations—including the ACLU, Data Coalition, Demand Progress and R Street Institute—joined us on the letter.

No matter the makeup of the next Congress, AALL will continue to advocate for public policies that advantage law librarianship. The December issue of the Washington eBulletin will analyze what the election results mean for law libraries, and describe how AALL will influence Congress to benefit  information policies and the profession.

Act Now

Online Advocacy Training / Register Today

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, November 30
  • Members – Free

Learn about how you can influence your members of Congress and build productive, long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff at our next online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress”. You’ll learn about AALL’s policy priorities and what the makeup of the new Congress means for our issues, identify upcoming opportunities for action, and come away with proven strategies for delivering an effective message to your members of Congress.

Save the Date / AALL Day on the Hill

  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Washington, DC
  • Members – Free

Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.

AALL in the States

GPLLA Monitoring New Pennsylvania Prison Books Policy  

Submitted by Janet Peros, Vice-President / President-Elect

The Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) is researching and monitoring the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ new policy on books in prisons, discussed in a recent Washington Post opinion piece. The policy is ostensibly designed to stop drugs from being smuggled into prison. On October 19, the DOC announced via press release that it will soon formally announce a new book donation policy that will allow donor organizations to send books to a centralized location for security screening.

Roundup and Review

  • A three-judge panel for the U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Official Code of Georgia Annotated cannot be copyrighted.
  • The Eleventh Circuit also ruled that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia erroneously granted summary judgment in favor of Casemaker in Fastcase’s suit against the legal research system. In 2016, Fastcase sued Casemaker over the right to publish Georgia’s administrative rules and regulations.
  • And one more from the Eleventh Circuit: The long saga of the Georgia State University e-reserves case will continue, as the court reversed and remanded for the district court to correct errors in its fair use analysis.
  • The Librarian of Congress has published a final rule adopting new exemptions under 17 U.S.C. § 1201, also known as Section 1201 of the DMCA, including excerpts of motion pictures for criticism or comment for educational and other uses, and literary works distributed electronically for use with assistive devices. The rule also adopts exemptions to allow “jailbreaking” and modification of voice assistant devices along with smartphones and tablets.
  • The first of President Trump’s nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)—Ed Felten, Adam Klein (for Chair) and Jane Nitze—have been confirmed by the Senate by voice vote. This follows the coalition letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee we joined at the end of August calling for the Committee to move forward promptly with the confirmation process.