Portland Wrap-Up and Back to the Blawg

After an exciting and busy 101st AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Portland, we’re back in Washington, DC and I can once again turn my attention to the blog. Expect to see many more posts in the coming weeks!

The Portland meeting was the first AALL Annual Meeting I’ve attended, since I’ve been with AALL for less than a year. All I can say is: Wow! From the moment the pre-conference activities began on Saturday, July 12, I felt the energy of the law librarians gathering in the Oregon Convention Center. Our annual Advocacy Training on Saturday was extremely successful thanks to the participation of almost 40 AALL members. Advocacy Training participants had the opportunity to meet the Washington Affairs Office staff, network with each other, and hear from an excellent set of speakers. We are especially grateful to Christy Splitt, Legislative Aide to Oregon State Rep. Ben Cannon and Marjorie Taylor, Senior Policy Advisor for Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services for spending their Saturday morning with us. Their insight into the Oregon legislative process and tips for working with legislators were extremely valuable!

I hope that many of you were able to attend one or more of the Policy Track Programs held throughout the conference. We are grateful to the many speakers and participants that made these programs successful. One of the highlights was the presentation of the Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award to OMB Watch. During the Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update, 2007-2008 Government Relations Committee Chair Scott Matheson presented the PAGI Award to OMB Watch’s Executive Director Gary Bass. As our guest speaker, Bass rewarded us with a motivating address, encouraging attendees to start a dialogue about what they want for the future of public access.

We also celebrated the legacy of Bob Oakley during the Legislative and Regulatory Update by honoring him as the first recipient of the new AALL Member Advocacy Award. The new award, to be named the Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award, will be given annually to one of our members who has been an outstanding advocate for law libraries and legal information at the federal, state or local level.

Look for further summaries of the Annual Meeting in the July Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin, available next week. To stay up-to-date on the activities of the Washington Affairs Office, you can sign up for the Washington Blawg’s RSS feed or to receive the Washington Blawg’s posts via email.

You can also sign up for the Advocacy Listserv to be among the first to receive informational updates and actions alerts from the Washington Affairs Office. Please note that the Advocacy Listserv allows members to post to the listserv as well as receive updates, so please post to the listserv when there is legislative news in your state. You are our best resource for keeping track of state legislative news!

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or ideas. It was wonderful to meet many of you in Portland and I look forward to seeing you next year in Washington, DC!

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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