As we wind up this blog and head off for the Fourth of July weekend, we would like to thank those who have participated in the conversation over the past two weeks. While the number of comments hasn’t been large, there have been some very thoughtful things posted, which will help guide the work of the Washington Affairs Office Review Special Committee. And as a final topic, we welcome any comments you have about the AALL Washington Affairs Office or AALL’s government relations/advocacy work which haven’t been addressed thus far.
If you have previously taken some type of individual advocacy action, what motivated you to do so? What response did you receive? Do you have suggestions to encourage fellow AALL members to take individual action?
Speaking from your own situation, which government policy issue most affects your work as a law librarian, and in what way? This could be an issue at the federal or state level.
Advocacy and Leadership are two of the three directions in the AALL Strategic Directions 2005-2010. Part of AALL’s mission is to provide leadership in the field of public information policy. Looking to the future, what new information policy challenges do you foresee arising in the next five to ten years that AALL may need to address?
Currently there are more than 220 AALL members signed onto the AALL Advocacy listserv. The Advocacy Workshop held at the Annual Meeting has had 40 to 45 attendees each year for the past several years. Can you suggest other ways that AALL and the WAO might use to inform members on policy issues?
Each year at the Annual Meeting the Washington Affairs Office sponsors an Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update program. (This year it will be Program H-3 on Tuesday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m.) Other educational programs on government information and policy issues are often sponsored by AALL entities such as the Government Relations Committee, the Copyright Committee, the Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee, and the Government Documents SIS. Have these programs been of interest to you in the past? Do you have suggestions for future programs?