Washington E-Bulletin – April 2016

Vol. 2016 Issue 04

A Look Ahead

Congress Considers Librarian of Congress Nominee
Carla Hayden, the President’s nominee for Librarian of Congress, has
been meeting with members of the Senate Rules Committee, a sign that the
Committee is moving forward with the nomination as AALL had urged.
Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Chuck
Schumer (D-N.Y.) have indicated that the Committee will likely hold a
nomination hearing this month. Many interesting topics may arise at her
confirmation hearing, including the Library’s information technology
needs (the subject of recent GAO reports), copyright, and access to Congressional Research Service reports. Stay tuned!

Appropriations Process Inches Along

the lack of a budget agreement, the House and Senate Appropriations
Committees have been holding hearings on the Fiscal Year 2017 agency
budget requests. Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao testified before
the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Legislative Branch
on March 2 and March 15, respectively. Committee members were generally
supportive of the Library. The Government Publishing Office (GPO) has
not testified before the Appropriations Committees since 2014, but GPO’s
budget submission is available online. AALL submitted testimony in support of the budget requests of GPO and the Library.

the Appropriations Committees consider the budget requests of these
agencies, it’s important that members of the Committees hear from you.
If you haven’t yet responded to our calls to action on funding for GPO
and the Library of Congress/Law Library of Congress, please take a moment to tell your member of Congress why a strong GPO and Library of Congress is vital to the work that you do.

Act Now

Register for AALL’s Advocacy Training in Chicago

Join the Government Relations Committee and Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren for the 2016 Advocacy Training on Saturday, July 16
at the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago. In this preconference workshop,
you’ll hear from special guest speakers on the ins and outs of the
legislative process, learn about the how a bill really becomes a law (hint: Schoolhouse Rock! got it partly right…), and network with experienced advocates who will offer tips about influencing decision-makers. This year’s training will offer special learning opportunities for newer advocates. There’s no additional fee, but advance registration is required. Please contact Emily with any questions.

AALL in the States

NOCALL Chapter News: Sunshine Week

Submitted by Diane Rodriguez, Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Government Relations Committee Member

Tuesday evening, March 15, 2016, NOCALL co-hosted a Sunshine Week 2016
Panel Discussion at Preservation Park in Oakland, CA. The panel featured
presentations by Mae Nguyen from the California Office of The Attorney
General’s Open Justice Team and Miriam Marks Data Director at MapLight.

The California Department of Justice launched an open data initiative – http://www.openjustice.doj.ca.gov
– in September 2015. The initiative consists of two components: a
Justice Dashboard highlighting key criminal justice indicators with
user-friendly visualization tools, and an Open Data Portal publishing
criminal justice data sets from the California Department of Justice’s
statewide repository.

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event was well attended and a lively discussion followed the
presentations. NOCALL and SLA members networked over cocktails and
enjoyed a lovely evening. Diane Rodriguez and Marlene Harmon coordinated
the event with the SF-SLA Chapter on behalf of the NOCALL Government
Relations Committee. NOCALL also thanked LexisNexis for sponsoring the
event and their continuing support of librarian continuing education.

California Chapters Support Online Archives Program
Submitted by Anna Russell, San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) Past President

February, a California bill (Assembly Bill 2674) was introduced to
require the Secretary of State to establish an Online Archives Program.
As the bill went to committee in March, the state archivist reached out
for letters of support. Existing California law requires public access
to government records, with specified exceptions. This bill would allow
funding for digital curation, preservation, and a much greater level of
public access to state historical records. The California chapters of
AALL immediately leapt into action, registering our support along with
the Council of State Archivists and the California Association of
Licensed Investigators.

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