Washington eBulletin – October 2016

Vol. 2016 Issue 10

A Look Ahead

As Congress Leaves Town, Attention Turns Away from Capitol Hill

Congress left Washington last week after passing a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The funding package keeps the government running only until December 9, forcing both chambers to once again reach an agreement to fund agencies through FY 2017 when they return in mid-November. Without time to pass the 11 remaining appropriations bills during the lame duck session, it’s likely we’ll see a fight over whether to pass a full omnibus or a series of smaller measures, referred to as minibuses. The latter provides an opportunity for greater input from members of Congress and closer examination of each spending measure, but also opens up the possibility of more policy riders and further delays. 

While Congress is out, we’ll turn some of our attention away from Capitol Hill to the Library of Congress, Government Publishing Office (GPO), and Copyright Office. We’re eagerly following Dr. Carla D. Hayden’s first few months as the new Librarian of Congress, and are ready to learn more about her leadership style and plans for transforming the Library. Later this month, we’ll attend GPO’s Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference, where we look forward to hearing the latest about the implementation of the Regional Discard Policy, including whether GPO has identified enough preservation stewards to allow regional depository libraries to begin discarding certain titles. We’ll also draft a response to the Copyright Office’s new request for additional comments on its Section 1201 Study [81 F.R. 66296, Docket No. 2015-8]. The new notice of inquiry asks for feedback on proposed new permanent exemptions for facilitating access to electronic works by those who are blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled and to allow circumvention of certain access control technologies. AALL previously submitted comments in response to the Copyright Office’s Section 1201 study in February 2016.

Act Now

Register for the National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a special conference on the copyright of state legal materials on December 2, 2016 at BU Law. Join keynote speaker Corynne McSherry, your colleagues and other experts in the field for a day-long event on this timely and important topic. Registration is $75- register now to secure your spot.

AALL in the States

UELMA Advocacy for 2017

Uniform law commissioners in more than a dozen states have included the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) on their legislative enactment plans for 2017. AALL members and chapters are now organizing to advocate for UELMA next year. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Emily Feltren, director of government relations, at efeltren@aall.org.

Roundup and Review  

  • The annual Law Librarian and Friends Dinner during Federal Depository Library Conference will be held Monday, October 17. Look for an email from Larry Meyer with additional details and/or contact him
  • PACER class action claiming systematic overcharging for court records proceeds
  • The Marrakesh Treaty (aka “books for the blind”) entered into force on September 30, 2016