Here at the Washington Affairs Office (WAO) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), we’re always trying to find new ways to update our members and others about the latest policy news, resources, and activities in D.C. and around the country. After considering the different ways we currently communicate with our members (primarily through our Advocacy Listserv, our monthly E-Bulletin, and AALL’s From the Desk of… E-Newsletter), we determined we needed a new, fast, and comprehensive way to update our members and friends about our work. Thus the Washington Blawg was born!
The Washington Blawg will keep you up-to-date about the policy issues that matter to AALL. We will cover legislative, judicial and regulatory activities on the state, national, and international levels and address important topics such as access to government information, digital authentication, copyright, and open government issues.
The WAO is located at the Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C., a few blocks from Capitol Hill. Our location affords us the opportunity to work closely with the three branches of government to promote our issues and look for allies in other organizations. For example, we are involved in several active coalitions, including the Library Copyright Alliance, OpenTheGovernment.org, and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. The WAO staff are Mary Alice Baish, Acting Washington Affairs Representative, and Emily Feldman, Advocacy Communications Assistant.
We hope this blog serves as a useful tool to keep you up-to-date on the work of the Washington Affairs Office. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!