October Edition of the E-Bulletin

October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! I hope you are enjoying a day filled with candy and other treats. If you need a break from the goblins and ghouls, please take a look at the October Edition of the Washington E-bulletin. This edition includes a reminder to sign on to the 21st Century Right to Know Transparency Recommendations, a summary of highlights from the Fall Depository Conference and Meeting, chapter announcements, and more.

Here is the Table of Contents from the October Edition:


-Act Now to Endorse Transparency Recommendations for the Next President!


-As Congress Enters Lame Duck Session, AALL Looks Ahead
-Highlights from the Fall Depository Conference and Meeting
-EPA Reopens Libraries, Calls for Comments on Information Access Strategy
-Expert Committee Releases E- Rulemaking Recommendations


-LLAGNY and SNELLA to Hold Events on Digital Authentication

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading for the Information Policy Junkie

-Federal Agencies Launch Digitization Initiative
-General Services Administration Experiments with Social Media
-Government Computer News Article on Electronic Preservation

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

September Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin

September 24, 2008

The September Edition of the Washington E-bulletin is now available! This month’s E-bulletin features an update from Washington, a Constitution Day report from Colorado, interesting reading for the information policy junkie, and more!

Here is the Table of Contents from the September Edition:


-New York Times on the Loss of Federal Electronic Government Information
-Senate Subcommittee Addresses Secrecy and the Rule of Law
-House Oversight Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FOIA Ombudsman
-Judge Orders VP Cheney to Preserve Records
-Senator Says Government Spending Site Fails to Post Updated Information


-U.S. Courts Library in Denver Holds Popular Constitution Day Event

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading for the Information Policy Junkie

-Secrecy Report Card Shows Expansion of Government Secrecy
-Poll Finds Public Supports Constitutional Separation of Powers
-Law Library of Congress Launches Redesigned Global Legal Monitor
-Government Printing Office Nominated for “Green” Award

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

Timely Article Highlights the Loss of Federal Electronic Government Information

September 15, 2008

Robert Pear of The New York Times succinctly describes the enormous challenges of preserving the vast array of federal online government information in an article published on September 13, 2008, entitled, “In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip into Oblivion.” The article captures a key concern raised by AALL in a letter to members of Congress last April about the short-sighted and disappointing decision of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) not to harvest agency Web sites at the end of this administration. In the front page article, Acting Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish expresses AALL’s concern that, when a new administration is sworn in next year, huge amounts of information on agency Web sites from the past eight years of the Bush administration will disappear.

AALL’s Government Relations Policy includes “Principles and Core Values Concerning Public Information on Government Web Sites” that explicitly state that information on government Web sites must be preserved and that,

Snapshots of the complete underlying database content of dynamic Web sites should be taken regularly and archived in order to have a permanent record of all additions, changes, and deletions to the underlying data.

AALL’s policy states unequivocally that it is government’s responsibility to ensure the entire life-cycle of information on their Web sites, including its accessibility, reliability, official status, comprehensives and preservation.

As we reported in the blog last month regarding NARA’s decision not to harvest agency Web sites, the Library of Congress, the California Digital Library, the University of North Texas Libraries, the Internet Archive, and the U.S. Government Printing Office in August announced a collaborative project to conduct their own harvests of government Web sites. While we are extremely pleased that these institutions have stepped in to ensure the preservation of federal online government information, we also believe that NARA is shirking its own responsibility to conduct these agency harvests.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

August Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin

August 29, 2008

As the end of the 110th Congress quickly approaches, find out which bills we’re tracking and why we need you to take action now to help the Law Library of Congress. Plus, learn about recent chapter news and read summaries of some newly released reports. All this and more in the August Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin!

Here is the Table of Contents from the August Edition:


-Support Still Needed for the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act (H.R. 6589)


-AALL Continues to Track Hot 110th Congress Items
-Library of Congress and Others Partner to Preserve Federal Agency Web Sites


-Chapters Show Support for Law Library of Congress

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading for the Information Policy Junkie

-Reporters Committee Releases White Paper on Access to Military Dockets
-How Will the Candidates Treat Executive Power?
-Pew Research Center Survey: How We Consume News
-NRC Report Concludes Public Outreach Improves Decision Making

June Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin

July 1, 2008

The June Edition of the Washington E-Bulletin is now available! Each month, we provide you with the latest action alerts, policy updates, news from our office, chapter news, and further reading for the information policy junkie!

Here is the Table of Contents from the June Edition


-Join Us in Portland!
-Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008 (S.3077)
-Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2008 (H.R. 5687)
-Improving Public Access to Documents Act of 2008 (H.R. 6193)
-Letter to Congress in Support of Whistleblower Protections
-FISA Bill Passes House, Awaits Senate Approval

-Chapters Show Support for Government Printing Office Appropriations

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading for the Information Policy Junkie
-EPA’s National Dialogue Comes to a Close
-Web sites Offer Deeper Look into Congress
-Law Day, for Your Viewing Pleasure

Final Agenda for the Advocacy Training

June 19, 2008

We are pleased to announce the final agenda for the Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training, to be held in Portland on Saturday, July 12! We have an exciting set of speakers this year, including special Keynote Speakers Christy Splitt, Legislative Aide to Oregon State Rep. Ben Cannon and Marjorie Taylor, Senior Policy Advisor at Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services.

If you would like to attend the Advocacy Training and have not already RSVPed, please email me or call me ( 202.662.4058 ) as soon as possible. There are still a few spaces available and we would love to have you join us!


Emily Feldman
Advocacy Communications Assistant


Navigating the Advocacy Wilderness:
Tools and Tips to Become an Effective Advocate

Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:30 A.M.-Noon
Oregon Convention Center, Room B113

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Goals

9:10-9:30 a.m. Hot Topics and Updates on AALL’s Policy and Legislative Agenda

9:30-10:00 a.m. County Law Libraries: Facing Challenges, Finding Solutions

Moderator: Angela Baldree, Lake County Law Library


  • Jacquelyn Jurkins, Multnomah Law Library
  • Joan M. Bellistri, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
  • Larry Meyer, Law Library for San Bernardino County

10:00-10:30 a.m. Key Note Address

  • Christy Splitt, Legislative Aide to Oregon State Rep. Ben Cannon
  • Marjorie Taylor, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Administrative Services, State of Oregon

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45-11:25 a.m. Break-out Sessions (choose one)

1. Funding and Outreach for County, Court and Government Law Libraries
2. AALL Authentication Report – Next Steps?
3. How Librarians Effect Legislation: Developing and Delivering the Message – Role Playing

11:25-11:55 a.m. Group Reports

11:55- Noon Closing Comments

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

AALL Sends Letter in Support of New Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending

June 5, 2008

On June 2, AALL sent a letter to Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in support of their new bill, Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008 (S.3077). The new bill will help strengthen the Federal Accountability and Transparency Act (P.L. 109-282), the law that resulted in USASpending.gov, a searchable web site of Federal grants, contracts, loans and other financial assistance.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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