AASL Legislation Committee (American Association of School Libraries) Committee
Not able to make it to National Library Legislative Day? Don’t worry, you can still join us virtually!
Starting at 9:00am EDT, we’ll be streaming the morning sessions live from Washington, DC. You’ll get a chance to hear Former Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) give a keynote, along with a timely rundown of all the major legislative issues that we’re addressing this year.
Not only that, but you can also help expand the impact that we have on National Library Legislative Day by participating virtually. All you need to do is head over to the Virtual Library Legislative Day registration form and sign up.
We’ll follow up by sending out talking points and resources that you can use to send an email, make a call, or post a Tweet through our Action Center. There’s also a handy resource toolkit, put together by the Harry Potter Alliance, for librarians who may want to get younger advocates involved. You can find out more by visiting the United for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the ALA Action Center.
Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.
Subject: [la] COL & Leg Assembly Update: Week of 04/08/16
*Next Week: April 12th & 13th, 2016*
· ALA to Host National Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology
· Congress Next Week: FAA, Appropriations, Puerto Rico [from BGOV]
o House members return next week from their two-week recess and may take up a trio of regulatory bills and seek consensus on legislation to deal with Puerto Rico's debt crisis.
o In the Senate, watch for efforts to pass legislation to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration operations and revenue-collection authority through Sept. 30, 2017.
o Appropriations: Senate appropriators may begin markups on spending bills next week. Appropriations Committee Republicans said they expect to receive so-called 302(b) allocations -- which determine how much money each subcommittee has to work with. Citing appropriators' plans to move forward this month with their bills, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi said there's now less pressure to adopt a budget resolution. Enzi told reporters he sees momentum building for his proposal to switch to a two-year budget process and has scheduled a Wednesdayhearing on the issue.
· Upcoming Committee Meetings of Note:
Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT IMPLEMENTATION / Full Listing
April 12, 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Full Committee Hearing
EMAIL PRIVACY PROTECTIONS / Full Listing [ECPA markup]
April 13, 10:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Full Committee Markup
House Energy & Commerce
PENDING LEGISLATION / Full Listing [includes H.R.4884 CURB Lifeline Act]
April 13, Time TBA, 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Notable Library Issues News Coverage:
· (Roll Call) War of Words Prompts Overhaul at Library of Congress [credits ALA action on moving the ball re: LC subject heading]
· (Washington Post) Survey shows fewer Americans are visiting libraries [See Pew “Research of Note” below]
· (Pew Charitable Trusts) Enlisting Public Libraries to Help Fight Homelessness [quote from ALA President Sari Feldman]
· (Against the Grain) Meet Carla Hayden – Our Next Librarian of Congress?
· (The Atlantic) Is the Library Card Dying?
· (Shareable) The Future of Libraries in America is (Tentatively) Bright
· (ThinkProgress) A Creative Idea That Might Actually Help Close Tech's Gender Gap: Librarians
· (Reuters) Virginia governor vetoes bill to label books 'sexually explicit' in schools
· (Status: Hearing Scheduled 04/13/16)
H.R.4884 - CURB Lifeline Act of 2016
· (Federal Register: U.S. Department of Education) Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program
o See Kevin Maher’s blog post.
Issues and Key Communications:
o (Morning Consult) McConnell: Senate to Start Appropriations Process in Mid-April
o (Communications Daily, 04/08/16; Contact me for full article)
Enactable House Judiciary Copyright Bill Unlikely in 2016, Aide Says
There is little chance the House Judiciary Committee’s Copyright Act review will result in legislation that can pass both the House and Senate before the end of the 114th Congress, House IP Subcommittee GOP Counsel Joe Keeley said during an American Bar Association event Thursday. House Judiciary has been going through a comprehensive Copyright Act review since 2013, concluding its formal meetings with stakeholders last year with a series of roundtables to supplement earlier hearings. House Judiciary members must now “figure out where they’d like to go” on legislation to address the myriad copyright issues the committee explored in hearings, Keeley said…
o (Politico Morning Tech, 04/04/16) [over 90,000 comments sent to Copyright Office on Section 512]
LAST-MINUTE COPYRIGHT COMMENTS SWAMP FEDS — Digital rights group Fight for the Future says it’ll petition the Copyright Office to accept some 5,000 comments that poured in after iday’s minute-before-midnight deadline for public feedback on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Section 512, a.k.a. the “safe harbor provision.” The comments weren’t posted to the Regulations.gov site that was down at times during the commenting period’s final stretch.
o (Re:Create) Re:Create Recap – April 7, 2016
o (Re:Create) Re:Create Coalition comments on DMCA safe harbor provisions
o (ARL) Canada Introduces Legislation Preparing for Accession to the Marrakesh Treaty (Take Two)
· Government Information/Open Access:
o (GPO) Government Documents: Mary Alice Baish, GPO Superintendent of Documents, Announces Retirement
o (R Street) Letter to Senate Rules Committee on public access to CRS reports [ALA is a signatory]
- ALA Coalition Letters to the House Committee on House Administration and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Urging a Markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 During the April Work Period (H.R.4702; S.2639) (April 6 2016)
· Libraries and Education:
o (ALA) ALA and AASL introduce School Library Snapshot tool [Infographic allows school librarians to create a visual representation of how their library aligns with provisions in ESSA]
o (The Hill) Opposition mounts to NSA’s data-sharing plans [ALA is a signatory; see below]
o (IAPP) Why privacy pros should care about the FCC’s broadband privacy rules
o (The Atlantic) How Surveillance Stifles Dissent on the Internet
o (The Hill) Encryption bill sent back to White House for Obama review
o (Politico Morning Tech, 04/04/16)
FCC RELEASES PRIVACY NPRM — The agency late iday released the text of its broadband privacy proposal, the details of which have been subject to heated debate before last Thursday's vote. Dig in here: http://bit.ly/1pX20Ki.
- ALA Coalition Letter to the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the National Security Agency Calling for a Halt to NSA Data Sharing with Law Enforcement Agencies (April 7 2016)
o (VICE) How the 2016 Presidential Candidates Plan to Bridge the Digital Divide
o (House Energy & Commerce Committee) SubCommTech to Examine Bills to Improve Public Safety and Rein in FCC's Lifeline Program [hearing 04/13/16; see above]
o (BNA) Hearing Planned for GOP Bill to Cap Lifeline at $1.5 Billion
o (Marketplace) A broadband subsidy that could help narrow the "digital divide"
o (Communications Daily, 04/05/16; Contact me for full article)
Prospects for Lifeline Cap Legislation Dismissed as Nothing but Messaging [See “legislative updates”]
Offices of House Commerce Committee lawmakers showcase a partisan divide over whether to cap the budget of the Lifeline program ahead of the committee’s plans to take up legislation to do just that. GOP staff said Thursday that the Controlling the Unchecked and Reckless Ballooning of Lifeline Act (HR-4884) from Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., is on deck for Commerce Committee action in April, with a Communications Subcommittee hearing under preparation. A GOP committee aide confirmedMonday that House Commerce plans to move the bill through regular order. Democrats are seen as unlikely to back the effort…
*Research of Note:
· (Pew) Libraries and Learning
Friends - get the word out to all your contacts -
Ensure the Future of School Library Funding: Tell your Senators to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding for K-12 education programs. Reauthorization of legislation of this nature will determine federal education policy for the coming decade and it is imperative that dedicated funding for school library programs be included.
On January 29, 2015, Senators Reed (D-RI), Cochran (R-MI), and Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced S. 312, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS Act), that would improve students’ literacy skills and readiness for higher education and careers through effective school library programs. ALA is currently working with Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) on an amendment for the HELP Committee markup that would add provisions from the SKILLS Act to ESEA to provide dedicated funding for effective school library programs.
We need you to contact both Senators from your state and let them know how critical school libraries are in improving our education system. Ask them to support dedicated funding for effective school library programs under ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312.
Happy New Year to all of you!!
ALA Midwinter Meeting - Sessions of Interest sponsored by the Washington Office
This sounds good but conflicts with the AASL Affiliate Assembly Meeting for me - perhaps one of you might be able to attend and report back to the rest of the committee.
Panel of ebook policy experts to address 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
ALA DCWG: Libraries and Ebooks—Where Do We Go from Here?” 10:30–11:30 a.m. - Sunday, February 1, 2015 McCormick Convention Center - W196B
Complete List of ALA Washington Office Presentations during the Midwinter Meeting http://www.districtdispatch.org/washington-events/ala-midwinter-sessions/
See you in Chicago!
Hello friends -
Just a note to say "hello" and let you know that I will be following up with the group on a number of things over the next several weeks related to our committee work leading up to ALA Midwinter. Please take a few minutes to let everyone know a bit about yourself.
First a bit about me - I am known as "Jay" (although I think I am listed by my first name Carl) -- am the Program Specialist for School Libraries for the Maryland State Department of Education and have been an active member of AASL for 13 years. I have served as Chair of the AASL Affiliate Assembly, currently represent MASL (Maryland) on the Assembly, and served a two year term on the AASL Board as well as a single term on the Executive Committee. Most recently, I was President of the Council of State School Library Consultants (CoSSLC) and serve on the Maryland Library Association Legislative Panel. I am an avid barbershop singer, reader, and love to travel.
Jan. 31, 2015 (8:30 am - 10 am) Joint Legislation Meeting (AASL/ALSC/YALSA) (our year to host) - MCP - W175a (McCormack Place West)
Jan. 31, 2015 (3 pm - 5:30 pm) AASL All-Committee Meeting -- HYATT - Columbus CD (Hyatt Regency - Chicago) -we will meet as a committee during this time
May 4-5, 2015 - National Library Legislative Day (Washington, DC) - http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld
I will let you know about the ALA Committee on Legislation and other meetings you might want to attend after I retrieve those from my e-mail account. Let me also know if you will be joining us in Chicago!
Look for another note from me right after Thanksgiving -- enjoy your holiday!