Washington E-Bulletin – March 2016

Vol. 2016, Issue 03

A Look Ahead

Speaking Out for Law Libraries

Though it’s hard to hear through the noise of the 24 hour news cycle, Washington is buzzing with policy debates impacting law libraries. From  privacy, to copyright, to supporting appropriations for the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress, AALL is actively engaged on a diverse set of issues. Moreover, just last week President Obama announced his intent to nominate librarian Dr. Carla D. Hayden as Librarian of Congress, reigniting the dialogue about the position of our “nation’s library” and the role libraries play in building community and connecting people with knowledge. AALL urged the Senate to act quickly to approve the nomination.

Given all that’s at stake, now is the time for AALL members to speak out. Pledge to join your colleagues for the upcoming Virtual Lobby Day on March 16 to send a strong message to Capitol Hill in support of the policy issues that affect law libraries (registration for the Virtual Lobby Day is encouraged but not required). AALL’s policy priorities for Lobby Day include supporting greater access to legal information, updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, reforming the Freedom of Information Act, and ensuring a strong Copyright Office for the 21st century.

For more information about the policy issues that will top our agenda in the coming months and tips on how to make the most out of Virtual Lobby Day, please join our upcoming webinar, “AALL Legislative Advocacy: What’s to Come in 2016?“. Read on for more information.

Welcoming the Sunshine

March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, with events taking place across the country to highlight the importance of an open and transparent government. The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press host a Sunshine Week calendar at SunshineWeek.org. Some special events include the National Freedom of Information Day Conference (livestreamed), the Department of Justice’s annual kickoff, the National Archives’ Technology + Open Government event (livestreamed), and the Census Bureau’s Open Government and FOIA workshops.


Act Now

Register for AALL’s Online Advocacy Training and Virtual Lobby Day

Register now for AALL’s 30 minute online advocacy training on March 9 at noon EST, during which you’ll learn about AALL’s top policy priorities and how to influence your members of Congress. Then join your colleagues on March 16 for AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day, when you’ll help raise the profile of law libraries on Capitol Hill by sending coordinated messages  through our Legislative Action Center and social media.

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As of March 7, the Government Relations Office will tweet from @AALLNET with the hashtag #AALLGRO.

AALL in the States

LLAM Event: Cybersecurity and You

Submitted by Camilla Tubbs, Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) Vice President

Registration for the LLAM LRI Program:Cybersecurity and Youis now open!  The conference will cover academic, government and private entities, as well as the preventative measures that individuals should take to guard their own online presence. The keynotes and “A” programs will be live-streamed at the time of the event; a video recording of all panels will also be made available after the conference. The event will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The conference received support through the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.

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