This post is for anyone planning to attend this year’s American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Denver. On Saturday, July 10, from 8:30 am – 12:00 p.m., the AALL Government Relations Office and Government Relations Committee are presenting a legislative advocacy training session, “Raising the Bar in Your State” focusing on the authentication and preservation of online legal resources. With the economic crisis forcing many states to tighten their budgets, some states are making short-sighted decisions to eliminate official print legal resources in favor of online-only, or to charge fees to access legal information electronically. In addition, a growing number of court and county law libraries around the country are facing drastic reductions of staff and resources, and even closure. We need your help more than ever before on these state issues.
The session is available at no cost to AALL members and will teach you the skills you need to prove to state officials the need to authenticate and preserve online legal information, and make sure they understand the vital role of your state’s public law libraries. Among the speakers will be CALL’s own Keith Ann Stiverson, of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, who served as the AALL Observer to the NCCUSL Drafting Committee on the Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act. She will provide an update on the draft act.
The Government Relations Office has been seeking volunteers in every state to form working groups to promote equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic online legal information. This year’s Advocacy Training will provide the opportunity for our volunteers to come together and share the challenges they face, as well as their success stories. To volunteer to participate in your state’s working group and/or register for the Advocacy Training, please contact Advocacy Communications Assistant Emily Feldman by June 1.