Staying Informed on Copyright and Fair Use

April 30, 2012

The 3rd Annual World’s Fair Use Day (WFUD) is this Fri. May 4, 2012. The day-long, free event will be held at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center in Washington, DC. Sessions throughout the day will examine fair use in a number of creative contexts, including poetry, fashion, music and journalism.

WFUD attendees will also explore the aftermath of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011rotect Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act or PIPA), both of which were grossly overreaching efforts of Congress to protect copyright holders. The threat to First Amendment freedoms, creative expression, and the advancement of knowledge posed by these bills was so great that the public responded swiftly. Both bills were soundly thwarted by widespread, grassroots social media efforts. WFUD organizers hope to sustain the momentum from these efforts and keep the public and content creators engaged in the dialogue.

The AALL Copyright Committee will be exploring SOPA as well during a unique program at the upcoming AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. On Sun. July 22 at 3:45 the Committee hosts program C5 Hot Topics in Copyright for Librarians. This program will offer updates on three timely copyright issues; orphan works, copyright as applied to state and local documents, and recent developments in copyright legislation (SOPA/PIPA) and litigation (Google Books, GSU, etc.). Annual Meeting attendees may also be interested in Using Creative Commons Licenses, sponsored by the M/AV Special Interest Section on Tues. July 24 at 3:45 pm. Librarians, as both creators and consumers of information, have a responsibility to be well-informed in matters of copyright and fair use, and should take advantage of these upcoming learning opportunities.

Guest post by Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki, Vice Chair, AALL Copyright Committee

April Issue of the Washington E-Bulletin

April 27, 2012

The April issue of the Washington E-Bulletin is now available on AALLNET.


  • Congratulations to AALL’s 2012 PAGI and Oakley Advocacy Award Winners
  • 2012 Advocacy Training Agenda Now Available – Register Today!
  • Federal Depository Library Program Webinar Slides Posted on AALLNET


  • Action Alert: Support GPO and Library of Congress Funding
  • House Passes Flawed Cybersecurity Bill
  • Department of Justice Releases Open Government Plan 2.0 to Mixed Reviews
  • AALL Applauds Agency Development of FOIA Portal


  • Colorado Becomes First State to Enact UELMA
  • MALL Advocacy Campaign Leads to Progress in Filling State Law Librarian Position
  • AALL and California Chapters Urge City to Find Space for San Francisco Law Library

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading and Resources for the Info Policy Junkie

  • CRS Releases New Report on Federal Depository Library Program
  • What Does Open Government Mean to You?
  • Conversation about Digital Preservation with Mike Wash, NARA
  • Office of Government Information Services Releases Year Two Progress Report

Register for AALL’s July 21 Advocacy Training in Boston

April 23, 2012

Do you want to sharpen your advocacy skills, learn how to promote AALL’s top policy priorities and meet new colleagues, all while having a great time? AALL’s Government Relations Committee and Government Relations Office invite you to our half-day Advocacy Training on Saturday, July 21 in Boston, “Becoming an Effective Advocate.”

This year’s agenda is packed with informative sessions on our federal policy priorities, progress on the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) and the future of the Federal Depository Library Program.

To attend the training, please RSVP to Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren by June 15. Space is limited. We look forward to seeing you there!

Legislative Advocacy Training 2012: Becoming an Effective Advocate

Saturday, July 21, 2012 ∙ 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee and Networking

9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Catherine Dunn, Chair, 2011-2012 Government Relations Committee

9:10-9:40 a.m. Importance of Being an Advocate

  • Mike Verseckes, former Massachusetts Legislative Staffer

9:40-10:00 a.m. 2012 AALL Federal Legislative Update and How You Can Help

  • Emily Feltren, AALL Director of Government Relations

10:00-10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. Update on UELMA – Where Are We Now?

  • Tina Ching, Chair, 2011-2012 Digital Access to Legal Information Committee
  • Michele Finerty, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Beth Williams, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library

10: 50-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Breakout 1: Advocating for UELMA in Your State

  • Led by Michele Finerty

Breakout 2: Participating in the Future of the FDLP

  • Led by Sarah (Sally) G. Holterhoff, Chair, FDLP Task Force

11:35-11:50 a.m. Reports from Breakout Sessions

11:50-12:00 p.m. Wrap-up

  • Catherine Dunn

Free AALL Webinar on Law Librarians and the Federal Depository Library Program

April 11, 2012

AALL members and chapter members are invited to participate in AALL’s free April 19 webinar, “Law Librarians and the Federal Depository Library Program: Working Together for a Successful Future.” Registration closes on April 12.


The Government Printing Office (GPO) is conducting a study to assess the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and determine its direction. Law librarians are leaders in advocating for equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic online legal information, so it is vital that you participate in building a robust FDLP for the future.

AALL and GPO invite you to join us to learn more about the FDLP Forecast Study and how you can contribute. Sally Holterhoff, former AALL president and a two-term member of the Depository Library Council, will introduce the program, and Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren will moderate. GPO project leaders Cherie Givens and David Walls will explain the goals of the study, its three major components, and how you can participate in your state and/or region. Peggy Roebuck Jarrett, Depository Library Council member and leader of state efforts in Washington, will then explain how she has been working with other Washington State federal depository libraries to create a state forecast and action plan. The webinar is geared toward law librarians at federal depository libraries, but all AALL and chapter members are welcome to attend.

This webinar is free for AALL members and chapter members.

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will be able to explain the parts and goals of the FDLP Forecast Study.
• Participants will understand how and why to get involved in the project in their own states.


Sally Holterhoff is government information/reference librarian and associate professor of law librarianship at Valparaiso University Law Library in Indiana. She has served two terms as a member of the Depository Library Council–from 1987 to 1990 and from 2008 to 2011. Her AALL activities through the years have included serving as chair of the Government Documents SIS and of the Government Relations Committee and serving as president in 2006-07. She is also a founding member of INDIGO, the Indiana government documents group.

Peggy Roebuck Jarrett is reference and documents librarian at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library and is currently serving on the Depository Library Council. She is organizing the efforts of the Northwest Government Information Network to craft a forecast and action plan for Washington State depository libraries.

Cherie Givens is an assessment specialist librarian at the U.S. Government Printing Office. She is co-leading the FDLP Forecast Study, has lead curriculum planning for online training on GPO’s Federal Digital System, drafted the Legal Requirements and contributed to the Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Library, Archival and Information Studies, and is also an attorney-at-law with a particular interest in First Amendment issues and laws affecting libraries and archives. She has written and presented on issues related to the First Amendment, intellectual freedom, social policy, and the publishing industry.

David Walls is the preservation librarian for the U.S. Government Printing Office, where he is responsible for developing preservation initiatives for tangible and digital government information. He is the co-chair of the FedLink Preservation Working Group and is currently leading an initiative for FDsys certification as a trustworthy digital repository. Before coming to GPO, he was the preservation librarian at Yale University for over a decade. He is currently serving with Cherie Givens as the co-lead on the FDLP Forecast Study.


Emily Feltren, AALL Government Relations Office

March Issue of the Washington E-Bulletin

April 3, 2012

The March issue of the Washington E-Bulletin is now available on AALLNET.


  • Register for Free April 19 Webinar: “Law Librarians and the Federal Depository Library Program: Working Together for a Successful Future” 
  • Thanks to You, March 20 State Advocacy Webinar is a Success!


  • Update on Open Access Bills 
  • Supporting the Appropriations Requests of the Government Printing Office and Library of Congress
  • FOIA in the Spotlight during Sunshine Week 
  • A FOIA Day for Reflection


  • California Joint Institute Features Two Advocacy Programs 
  • SNELLA Provides Testimony in Support of UELMA

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading and Resources for the Info Policy Junkie

  • Sunshine Week Reports from OMB Watch
  • GPO Access Sunsets

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