Washington E-Bulletin – July 2015

Special Annual Meeting Edition
Vol. 2015, Issue 07

A Look Ahead

We’re looking forward to connecting with you in just a few short weeks at AALL’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia! Below we’ve rounded up timely, policy-related program highlights. Be sure to mark your calendars and don’t forget to pick up a red, white, and blue “Advocate” ribbon at the registration desk when you arrive in Philly!

Saturday, July 18
Legislative Advocacy Training 2015: The Power of Advocacy Connections
8:30 am – 12:00 pm in PCC-Room 203A
Kick off your Annual Meeting & Conference at our Legislative Advocacy Training, an annual event for law librarians interested in improving their advocacy skills! In keeping with the theme of the Annual Meeting, this year’s training will focus on “The Power of Advocacy Connections.” Check out the draft agenda for our program details, including a panel of law librarian advocates, breakout sessions, and guest speaker Dr.  Joseph McLaughlin, Director of the Institute for Public Affairs at Temple University. If you haven’t yet registered and would like to attend, email Elizabeth at eholland@aall.org as soon as possible.


Sunday, July 19

Program C3: AALL Public Policy Update
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in PCC-Room 201BC
Connect with Government Relations Office (GRO) staff, fellow advocates, and AALL’s three policy committees on the Association’s advocacy efforts at the AALL Public Policy Update. Program participants will spend time in small, focused discussion sections led by the chairs of the Copyright, Digital Access to Legal Information, and Government Relations Committees. Topics will include orphan works, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, and a timely update on email privacy legislation, which is rumored to be scheduled for markup this month. The program will conclude with the presentations of the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy and Public Access to Government Information Awards, which always draw a large crowd!


Monday, July 20

Program F3: Confronting the Future of Information Policy

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in PCC-Room 204A

AALL and its members work in support of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and Library of Congress (LC). With the rise of eGovernment and digitization projects, agencies are reconceptualizing what it means to access information as libraries shift from tangible to reliable collections. Three important speakers, Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish, Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Amy Bunk, and Deputy Librarian of Congress David S. Mao, will discuss the future of information, including access to, and long-term preservation of, legal information, and how libraries can adapt to the changes in information policy.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Hot Topic: Net Neutrality and Law Librarians: It’s a Good Thing
11:00 am – 12:00 pm in PCC-Room 204A
With net neutrality now the law of the land, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has announced its schedule for the case over the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Ruling. Come learn what reclassification of broadband Internet as a telecommunication service means for law libraries at this timely hot topic! This presentation will give an overview of the rules relating to net neutrality and explore why maintaining these rules is critical to all law libraries, their missions, and their patrons.

In addition to these programs, AALL’s policy committee meetings are open to all members and welcome your attendance. Find the schedules for the Copyright Committee, Digital Access to Legal Information Committee, and Government Relations Committee in the conference app, http://eventmobi.com/aall2015/.

For those unable to make the trip to Pennsylvania, be sure to follow along with the GRO on Twitter at @AALL_GRO and using #AALL2015. We’re planning a special opportunity for action during the Annual Meeting (more information below) in which you can participate from home!


Act Now


Law Librarians Unite! Help Support Higher Levels of Funding for GPO

With AALL members from across the nation scheduled to converge in Philadelphia later this month, there’s no better time for law librarians to show their strength. The GRO staff and Government Relations Committee will be pounding the pavement at our Annual Meeting & Conference to encourage members to take action to help ensure adequate levels of funding for GPO. Do your part by making sure your Senators hear from you!

On June 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill with higher levels of funding for GPO and the Library of Congress than provided for in the House Legislative Branch bill (H.R. 2250).

Please contact your Senators to urge them to support the FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill as approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Then, recruit your colleagues and friends to do their part! You can use this link to share our action alert via Twitter, Facebook, and email.

AALL in the States

Join Us! Chapter Government Relations Get Together
Chapter leaders, government relations chairs, and interested advocates are invited to join the GRO staff at our annual Chapter Government Relations Get Together on Sunday, July 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Philadelphia. This informal, cash bar event will take place at Circ in the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, where chapter colleagues will gather to socialize and strategize about upcoming advocacy efforts. GRO staff Emily Feltren and Elizabeth Holland will be on hand to answer questions, facilitate connections, and share more information on future opportunities for chapter involvement. Stop by at any time during our get together and look for us at the reserved table.

LLSDC and AALL urge DC Council Consideration of UELMA
AALL and the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) sent a letter to the D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie in support of the reintroduction of UELMA in the District of Columbia. UELMA was previously introduced as Bill 20-221 by former Committee chair Tommy Wells and was received positively, though time constraints prevented its progress. As the letter states, D.C.’s former General Counsel has developed an open source authentication solution that would meet UELMA’s authentication requirements and offer a low-cost solution to ensuring that D.C.’s official online legal materials have not been altered or tampered with since publication by the official publisher. Due to the work already accomplished, AALL and LLSDC believe meeting UELMA’s requirements would not be difficult for the District.

Roundup and Review

  • AALL sees flaws in the Copyright Office’s new orphan works report.
  • GPO has released a mobile app guide to the 114th Congress.
  • The NSA’s phone metadata collection will continue for another 180 days in accordance with the provisions of the USA Freedom Act. In the words of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court Judge Michael Mosman, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.”
  • OGIS wants to know “How Would You Modernize FOIA?”
  • The Senate voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) attempt to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 to the National Defense Authorization Act.