GRC Report - February 2000

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The Government Relations Committee continues to work towards expanding our grass roots advocacy efforts at both the state and national levels. One of the most effective resources we have for communicating new developments and sharing information among members is the listserv established last summer, AALL-ADVOC. The Committee and the Washington Affairs Office encourage all members to subscribe to this listserv and let your voices be heard on issues of interest to law librarians. To subscribe to the listserv, send a message subscribe aall-advoc [your name] to listproc@aallnet.org; leave the subject line blank. During the fall, we used the listserv:

  • To call on members to urge their representatives to vote against H.R. 354, a database bill AALL opposes, and gather support for an alternate bill, H.R. 1858.
  • To communicate information regarding opposition to the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) in the states.
  • To track developments relating to the planned closure of NTIS.
The committee is now reviewing nominations for the second Public Access to Government Information Award. This award is given to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information. The award was given for the first time at the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, to the United States Government Printing Office for its GPO Access web site. The award will be presented this summer at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

In its continuing effort to monitor developments regarding the implementation of UCITA, the Committee has established personal contacts in all 50 states. As states begin to consider UCITA, the Government Relations Committee and Washington Affairs Office will be working to defeat this legislation. For further information on UCITA developments, please read Mary Alice Baish's Washington Brief column in this issue.

Submitted by Meg Collins