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Allison Payne-IL (staff)'s picture

Pre-vote discussion: 4/18-4/20 ACRL Legislative Agenda 2017

Please note the expedited schedule, as we are looking to have the voting period completed in advance of National Library Legislative Day, which begins May 1, 2017.

The Board is invited to review the Board action form regarding the 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda.

Please use threaded discussions to post feedback regarding the proposed action during the discussion period of Tuesday, April 18 to Thursday, April 20.

Following the discussion period, the Board will vote on the 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda via virtual vote during Friday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 26, and confirm its vote at the 2017 Annual Conference.

Lori Ostapowicz-Critz's picture

The ACRL Legislative Agenda 2017 is very well written, and comprehensive in its coverage of vital legislative issues for academic libraries.   This year every one of the issues addressed seems absolutely critical!

Caroline Fuchs's picture

I agree. The ACRL Legislative Agenda 2017 is quite comprehensive, as is the references (and links) included in the doc.

Prof. Caroline Fuchs
Learning Design Librarian
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Cheryl Middleton's picture

Great work by the ACRL Legislative Committee. They covered the issues well and provided some very compelling rationale and additional resources for further consideration.

LeRoy LaFleur's picture

I think this agenda is very exciting, very detailed, and that the Gov Relations Committee has done an extremely thorough job here!  In the section on "Access to Federally Funded Research" I might like to see some additional citations for some of the numbers (e.g. $60 bil. in funding, 11 agencies, etc.), but it will be timely to have this ready for Library Legislative Day.

Clay Williams's picture

The accolades belong to Barbara Petersohn and, of course, Kara Malenfant


Clay Williams

Assoc. Professor

Hunter College Libraries

John Culshaw's picture

The ACRL Legislative Agenda is thorough and well-presented.  There may be a very good reason why it isn't included but I was surprised not to see any mention of the future of the Copyright Office.

Mary Ellen Davis's picture


There are many pieces of legislation and/or policy related to potential for copyright reform, including the bill to make the Registrar of Copyrights a Presidential appointee (which we opposed, see http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/13478 ) Because ACRL is a member of the Library Copyright Alliance, we have a mechanism, separate from the legislative agenda, to make our positions known on policy and legislation related to changes in copyright. So ACRL has, in effect already opposed that piece of legislation, although it is not called out here on the legislative agenda.

Mary Ellen Davis Executive Director Association of College & Research Libraries mdavis@ala.org

John Culshaw's picture

Got it – thanks.


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