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Action Alert: Funding for GPO and Library of Congress

August 8th, 2012 by

From the AALL Government Relations Office:

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its Legislative Branch appropriations bill (H.R. 5882).  The Senate appropriations mark set Library of Congress funding was set at $592.2 million, an increase of 0.8% above the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.  The Government Printing Office (GPO) was appropriated $126.2 million, equal to the 2012 enacted level and GPO’s request.  See our update Library of Congress and GPO Appropriations Charts for details of the Senate committee mark.

IL Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Please use the Legislative Action Center to thank and urge them support full funding for the Library of Congress and GPO if the bill goes to conference. If you live outside of IL and your Senators are not appropriators, urge them to vote in favor of the bill on the Senate floor. If your Representative is on the House Appropriations Committee, please ask him/her to support full funding in the conference. The Legislative Action Center will automatically tailor your message to the appropriate audience group. We just need you to customize and send it!

Help AALL Build the Case for Print Legal Resources

June 29th, 2012 by

From the AALL Government Relations Office:

A recent query from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives about the importance of the printed General Index of the U.S. Code has made clear that the threat of elimination of print legal materials and reference publications continues to loom. As advocates for permanent public access to primary legal materials, AALL members know the value print resources provide. It is incumbent upon us to build evidence in support of the continued need for print and other tangible formats.

To that end, the Government Relations Office has created a print resource usage log that will aid in collecting more information about print use. We ask that you log each time you use, or help someone to use, a federal legal resource in print. Examples include the print Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Record, and U.S. Code. The usage log is short and simple. Please provide answers to as many of the questions as you can and ask your colleagues to do the same. Your answers will only be recorded and viewed by the AALL Government Relations Office staff, though we will make public an overview of the responses.

Thank you.

HR 3699 Research Works Act

January 26th, 2012 by

In a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, AALL joined 9 other national and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations in expressing their opposition to H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act.   As the letter states, the  “proposed legislation would unfairly and unnecessarily prohibit federal agencies from conditioning research grants to ensure that all members of the public receive timely, equitable, online access to articles that report the results of federally funded research that their tax dollars directly support.”

AALL has issued an action alert in opposition to H.R. 3699.    Visit the AALL Legislative Action Center where you can use their template to write to your House Representative and ask him or her to oppose H.R. 3699.

Urgent Action Alert on GPO Funding

August 16th, 2011 by

GPO Funding
Please contact Senators Kirk and Durbin to support adequate funding for the GPO, FDSys, and the Federal Depository Library Program. Link provided above provides details to assist you in drafting a letter.

Assault on printing of federal documents continues in Washington

April 28th, 2011 by

The Washington Post reported on April 25 that the Obama administration has told federal agencies to cancel their print subscriptions to Federal Register.  Though this one incident does not directly affect the availability of this title to libraries, it is part of a larger drift in Washington toward the view that the continued production of what the depository library community has defined as essential print titles has become an unsustainable drag on the federal budget, and falls right in line with calls earlier this month to eliminate the printing of the Congressional Record.

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) drew up its list of essential print titles because these titles “contain critical information about the U.S. Government or are important reference publications for libraries and the public, and their availability for selection in paper format has been deemed essential for the purposes of the FDLP.” 

If the print versions of these titles are still important to our libraries and our users, we need to be explaining why.  Libraries were caught unprepared when Statistical Abstract and other Census Bureau titles on this list came under attack earlier this year.  We need to be proactive to stave off attacks on the other titles on this list, or be better prepared when they come.

You might want to let the White House know that the printed publication of a core list of essential titles is still a critical function of an open government.  You can provide your comments to the White House at 202-456-1111.