Washington eBulletin – December 2016

Vol. 2016 Issue 12

A Look Ahead

AALL Priorities in the New Congress and New Administration

Election day has come and gone, and AALL has been busy analyzing the short- and long-term impact of the election results on law libraries and preparing for the next four years under the new administration. While the makeup of Congress did not change dramatically, the incoming Trump administration has suggested major shifts in policy direction on a number of issues of importance to AALL, including net neutrality, government surveillance, and government transparency. In the coming days and months, AALL will proactively advocate for the policy issues that are core to the profession, including intellectual freedom, privacy, and freedom of information. 

On the day after the election, AALL released its Public Policy Priorities for the 115th Congress, clearly articulating our positions on access to justice, balance in copyright, greater access to government information, openness in government, and protection of privacy. New for this Congress is our express support for access to government data in open and machine-readable formats, an effort that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) strongly backs, as well as language on the importance of oversight of cybersecurity programs and updates to section 1201 of the Copyright Act. AALL will use this Priorities document to advocate for our members and for the essential role of law librarians in a democratic society.

As we transition to a new Congress and administration, it is essential that AALL members become effective advocates for themselves and the profession. Please read on to learn how you can get involved.

Act Now

Register Now: Online Advocacy Training

Register for AALL’s upcoming online advocacy training, “Advocates and Influencers: How Law Librarians Can Impact the New Congress and New Administration,” which will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. (CST). Learn what to expect from the political landscape of 2017, how you can help promote AALL’s policy priorities, and what strategic opportunities will raise your profile to decision makers at the federal level. Registration ends Monday, December 12.

Roundup and Review  

  • AALL wrote to Congressional leadership to support the Review the Rule Act, S. 3475 and H.R.6341, which would delay the implementation of changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Rule 41 impacts the government’s ability to conduct remote access searches of electronic storage devices. Unfortunately, the bills did not pass and the changes go into effect today, December 1, 2016.
  • We signed on to statements to the Presidential Transition Teams in support of classification reform.
  • The Copyright Office announced the adoption of a final rule to govern the designation and maintenance of DMCA agent information under a new electronic system. Website owners must re-register.