As Congress heads home for August recess, please consider contacting your House Representative with an urgent request to co-sponsor H.R. 6589, the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act. This bill, which AALL and the American Bar Association have been working toward for years, will authorize a one-time, additional $3.5 million for the Law Library of Congress and its own separate line item in the Federal budget beginning in FY 2010. It will also establish the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Support Program, which will allow outside funding to be raised and provided to the Law Library for new enhanced services, such as interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery.
Please see our Action Alert, which includes background information and a sample message. In order to move this bill through the House, we need additional co-sponsors. The August recess is the perfect time to call your Representative’s district office or set up a meeting with his or her staff. It is especially important to contact members of the Committee on House Administration to thank them for their support and members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch to ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 6589.
A strong Law Library of Congress is important to every law librarian and legal researcher. We need your help to ensure that our nation’s Law Library of Congress becomes the first-rate law library that legal researchers, members of the public, and Congress deserve. Please take action now!
For more information on this and other information policy issues we’re following, please see the July Edition of the Washington E-bulletin, our monthly publication offering the latest policy news, updates from the Washington Affairs Office and AALL chapters, and further reading for “the information policy junkie.”
[Posted by Emily Feldman]