Welcome to our blog! The authors of this blog are members of the CALL Government Relations Committee, which is charged with monitoring library-related government activity and providing information to the CALL community. Prior to the creation of this blog, we primarily did this through bimonthly handouts that we distributed at CALL business meetings and the occasional email to the CALL listserv. We hope that our fellow CALL members will continue to read this information in its new format and that we might pick up some new readers from outside the CALL membership, as well.
Some of the issues we have been monitoring are open government, privacy, network neutrality, copyright law, and the authentication of government-hosted legal resources. While we address some national issues, we focus our attention on the Chicago area, in particular the City of Chicago and the states of Illinois and Indiana. We also try to stay informed of the work of the AALL Government Relations Committee and the Government Relations Office and will occasionally re-post information and action alerts from those sources.
If you are at all interested in these issues (and we think you should be!) please bookmark this blog, email it to a friend/colleague, or add our RSS feed. And of course, we’d love getting your feedback in the comments about things you think we should be aware of and topics you want to see discussed in the future.