Washington E-Bulletin – May 2016

Vol. 2016 Issue 05

A Look Ahead

Hayden Breezes through Nomination Hearing, Awaits Committee Vote

On April 20, the Senate Rules Committee held its nomination hearing on Dr. Carla D. Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden was introduced by Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, as well as former Senator Paul Sarbanes, who gave her their strong endorsement. In her testimony, Dr. Hayden discussed her passion for librarianship and her vision for expanding the Library’s reach beyond Washington. She received questions about her position on copyright, which allowed her to discuss her belief in the need for balance in copyright law. She also received questions about public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, an issue which AALL supports. On CRS, she said, “I would really look forward to the opportunity to study and work with Congress on the cost, staffing, and other aspects of making parts of the reports available, how you make them available, without stepping over the line in terms of how much public service you provide.”

AALL submitted a statement for the hearing record in support of Dr. Hayden to be the 14th Librarian of Congress, citing her decades of experience running the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, including modernizing the library’s technology systems and keeping the library open during recent unrest in the city. We also joined a coalition of library associations, libraries, and nonprofit organizations urging the Senate Rules Committee to quickly vote and move the nomination to the full Senate for consideration. We are hopeful that the nomination will move to the Senate floor this month or next, giving the chamber time to consider the nomination before the July work period. 

You can help to ensure Dr. Hayden becomes the next Librarian of Congress by writing to your Senator in support of her nomination. We’ve provided talking points and a sample message in our Legislative Action Center. Please take two minutes to tell your Senator that approving the nomination is important to you. Thank you in advance!

Act Now

Be Your Best Advocate: Register Now for AALL’s Advocacy Training in Chicago

Join your colleagues at this year’s Advocacy Training workshop on Saturday, July 16 in Chicago and leave prepared to effectively advocate for the issues that matter to you. The training, which is offered free of charge, will provide you with the opportunity to hear from special guest speakers on the ins and outs of the political process and how to have the greatest impact on policy-making. You’ll also have the chance to network with experienced law librarian advocates who will provide their advice about how to influence decision-makers. The draft training agenda is now available. Advance registration through Annual Meeting registration, or by contacting Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren, is required.

Roundup and Review

    • The House approved the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) by a vote of 419-0 vote on April 27. Passage of legislation to protect the privacy of electronic communications is one of AALL’s policy priorities. More information about the bill is in our one-pager
    • Learn about recent and coming changes to the Federal Depository Library Program by viewing the 2016 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting session recordings
    • Mary Alice Baish retired as Superintendent of Documents. Read AALL’s letter thanking her for her many years of service to the profession and to supporting greater access to government information
    • AALL sent a new letter to the Uniform Law Commission reiterating AALL’s strong support for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act