Denver Policy Program Spotlight: AALL Public Policy Update (G3)

Are you curious about what AALL’s three policy committees and Government Relations Office (GRO) have accomplished this year? Do you want to find out what’s on our plate for next year? Whether you’re new to advocacy or a long-time information policy advocate, the “AALL Public Policy Update” (G3) is the perfect opportunity to learn about the work we’ve been doing for our members through the year.

Formerly the “Legislative and Regulatory Update,” the AALL Public Policy Update will feature updates from Copyright Committee Chair Joan Shear, Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation Committee (ELIACC) Chair Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Government Relations Committee (GRC) Chair Camilla Tubbs and Director of Government Relations Mary Alice Baish. They will brief you on key accomplishments in support of AALL’s advocacy goals.

  • The Copyright Committee prepared AALL’s comments for the triennial rule-making for new exemptions to Sec. 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and monitored the development of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
  • ELIACC published new state summaries updating AALL’s 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources to determine how much progress, if any, states have made since AALL published this groundbreaking report and continued work on a new Citation White Paper.
  • GRC monitored and advised the GRO on legislative issues, including the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act; wrote Issue Briefs on hot topics such as the state secrets privilege, net neutrality, and Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act; and worked with chapters to increase advocacy at the state level, including preventing library closures.
  • The Government Relations Office has most recently been working closely with Federal agencies to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Obama Administration’s new Open Government Directive. AALL contributed to an audit organized by OpenTheGovernment.org to rank executive agencies’ Open Government Plans. AALL is  also coordinating the development of state working groups on public access to authenticated online government information.

In addition to these updates, GRC Chair Camilla Tubbs will present the 2010 AALL Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School for their innovative work as a leading source of open access to legal information, and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award to the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL) County Law Libraries Special Interest Group for their successful efforts to protect funding for Ohio’s county law libraries. We are very pleased to honor these well-deserving winners with AALL’s prestigious PAGI and Oakley awards.

Please join us for the AALL Public Policy Update on Monday, July 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in CCC-Room 201-203.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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