Will you help AALL ensure access to electronic legal information in your state?

The Government Relations Office is looking for members of AALL and our chapters to volunteer to participate in an exciting initiative to promote equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic online legal information in every state.

Over the last several months, AALL state working groups have begun to form around the country to respond to the growing trend of state officials to eliminate print official legal resources in favor of online-only, often in response to state budget woes. This trend is highlighted in the 2009-2010 updates to AALL’s 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources

Thanks to the support of many of you, the GRO is pleased to report that we already have more than 115 AALL and chapter members from 42 states and the District of Columbia who have signed up for their state’s working group, but we need still need more volunteers.

Can we count on your help? We invite you to:

  • Volunteer for your state’s working group, through which you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on an effort led by Erika Wayne at Stanford University’s Robert Crown Law Library and Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org to develop a national inventory of all primary legal resources at every level of government.

  • Join the GRO and Government Relations Committee this summer in Denver for our half-day Legislative Advocacy Training, “Raising the Bar in Your State,” where we’ll address AALL’s most important state policy priorities.  

During our half-day Advocacy Training on Saturday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m, working group volunteers will come together with other AALL and chapter members to discuss the challenges and successes the state working groups face. Participants will also have time to brainstorm effective ways to prove the value to state officials of our public law libraries during these difficult economic times.

Readers of the Blawg know that ensuring access to electronic legal information is one of AALL’s top policy priorities, and we’re counting on you to help make this state initiative a success. To participate in your state’s working group and/or to attend the Advocacy Training, which is available at no cost to AALL and chapter members, please contact me by June 1.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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