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Online Doc Government Relations Committee 11.08.2017 Meeting Agenda

by Barbara Petersohn on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 09:34 am

 

Government Relations Committee

 

Meeting Agenda

 

November 8, 2017 10 am (ET)

 

Via Conference Call

 

Government Relations Committee

 

Meeting Agenda

 

November 8, 2017 10 am (ET)

 

Via Conference Call

 

  1. Approval of draft minutes
  2. National Library Legislative Day announcement and plan for reviewing
  3. Legislative toolkit
  4. Legislative Agenda Committee Pre-work (Updates)
    1. Potential Issues List
  5. Other business

 

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Online Doc Government Relations Committee 9.11.2017 Meeting Agenda

by Barbara Petersohn on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 01:42 pm

Government Relations Committee

Meeting Agenda

September 11, 2017 3 pm (EDT)

Via Conference Call

 

         I.            Introduction and welcome

 

       II.            Approval of draft minutes from July

 

     III.            Review Purpose

 

    IV.            Discussion of other projects taken on this year

Government Relations Committee

Meeting Agenda

September 11, 2017 3 pm (EDT)

Via Conference Call

 

         I.            Introduction and welcome

 

       II.            Approval of draft minutes from July

 

     III.            Review Purpose

 

    IV.            Discussion of other projects taken on this year

  1. Proposal for a Legislative Toolkit for academic librarians
  2. 10 travel scholarships to Library Legislative Day (late 2017/early 2018)

 

      V.            Solicit volunteers to work on the Legislative Toolkit proposal

               

    VI.            NLLD scholarships

 

   VII.            Legislative Agenda – pre-work

 

 

 VIII.            Other concerns to discuss at this time/ questions/

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Online Doc Minutes from Annual 2017 (Approved)

by Barbara Petersohn on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 01:33 pm

Online Doc DRAFT Agenda--

by Clay Williams on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 02:57 pm

 

ACRL Government Relations Committee

2017 ALA Annual – Chicago, IL

Location: Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4E

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sunday June 25 2017

 

 

Agenda – DRAFT:

 

ACRL Government Relations Committee

2017 ALA Annual – Chicago, IL

Location: Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4E

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sunday June 25 2017

 

 

Agenda – DRAFT:

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Additions/Changes to Agenda
  3. ALA Washington Office Update – TBD
  4. End of Year report
  5. Review Government Relations 2017- 1018 Work Plan
  6. Virtual meetings
  7. Other Business
  8. Adjournment

 

 

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Online Doc watching House Education and the Workforce Committee

by Virginia Pierce on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 09:42 am

ACRL Legislative Agenda 2017 draft (updated March 28, 2017)

Watch List_Pierce

 

Activities of the Congressional House Education and the Workforce Committee

ACRL Legislative Agenda 2017 draft (updated March 28, 2017)

Watch List_Pierce

 

Activities of the Congressional House Education and the Workforce Committee

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired byCongresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), works on issues relating to the U.S. Education system and Workforce and provides oversight of policies administered by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired byRepresentative Brett Guthrie (R-KY), covers issues on post-secondary education. Some of the issues for which they have jurisdiction are: the Higher Education Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, all programs relating to museums and library services, and postsecondary career and technical education. This subcommittee’s Issues on Higher Education page covers their most recent activities, opinions, and press releases. On February 7th, they issued a fact sheet titled “Protecting a Limited Federal Role in Education” which may reflect policies and decisions made in the coming year.

 

In the incoming 115th Congress, dozens of bills have been introduced and have been referred to the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The following are just a few of those introduced this year. H.R. 483-No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act was introduced January 12, 2017 and referred to this committee. This bill would amend title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit the provision of funds under such title to institutions of higher education that violate the immigration laws, and for other purposes. H.R. 899-to terminate the Department of Education was introduced and referred to this committee on February 7th, 2017. H.R. 1123- HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act was introduced February 16, 2017 and was referred to this committee. It aims to amend title III (Institutional Aid) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to modify the HBCU Capital Financing Program. (The program guarantees low-cost private loans to historically black colleges and universities [HBCUs] to finance infrastructure repairs, maintenance, and construction.) These and any new bills or regulations will continue to be monitored.

 

 

On a related note on Higher Education…In February 2017, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. It appears that DeVos’ main focus will be a diminished role of the federal government in education policies and regulations. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx has shown strong support for DeVos. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 16, 2017 titled “What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed” indicates areas of the executive branch’s budget blueprint that might affect higher education and by extension academic libraries. Some areas to watch are funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities federal agencies which provide funding for academic research and sometimes provide funding for large scale academic library grant projects. Also, the proposed budget includes a $9 billion cut to U.S. Department of Education programs. Some carry over funds for Pell Grants would be taken from that program for other purposes but the Pell Grant Program would remain protected. $200 million cuts in federal programs that assist disadvantaged students in their higher education pursuits. Also Federal Work-Study and the Supplemental Opportunity Grants would face “significant” cuts. Also, The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that President Trump recently appointed Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. to a new federal task force on Higher Education to “identify changes that should be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s policies and procedures.” No activities have been observed and no website was found for this new taskforce.

 

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Discussion TimeLIne

by Clay Williams on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 02:32 pm

Date

Activity

Responsible parties

Fall 2016

Provide input on issues to include, volunteer to write sections, begin drafting

All government relations committee members

Date

Activity

Responsible parties

Fall 2016

Provide input on issues to include, volunteer to write sections, begin drafting

All government relations committee members

December 2016

Reach out to ACRL committee/section chairs, leaders (via acrleads@ala.org list) explaining process and that they will have opportunity to contribute. Ask them to consider including discussion time on their MW agendas, if they feel appropriate. Indicate specific instructions/details will be forthcoming.

Gov’t relations chair/co-chair,

January 2017

Seek input from key ACRL committee/section chairs, ACRL leaders (via acrleads@ala.org list), and the ALA Washington Office. Give deadline of Feb. 15. (Note: Could seek input by circulating draft for reaction, or not. Could seek nomination of issues by providing structured format - as in the style guide.)

Gov’t relations chair/co-chair

January 2017

Seek input from ALA Legislative Assembly at ALA MW meeting.

Gov’t relations chair is formal ACRL representative to Leg Assembly

February 15 – March 26, 2017

Revise sections, add new issues (if necessary)

All government relations committee members

March 27, 2017

Submit penultimate draft to staff liaison for copyediting

Gov’t relations chair/co-chair

April 3, 2017

Submit final agenda, with Board action form, to ACRL office for virtual vote

Gov’t relations chair/co-chair

April 7-11, 2017

ACRL Board pre-vote discussion period

Staff post agenda and action form to ALA Connect

 

ACRL Board voting period

Staff set poll in ALA Connect

 

Board decision communicated to Govt’ relations chair/co-chair

Staff

 

Promote approved ACRL legislative agenda (2 weeks before NLLD) through standard ACRL communication channels

Staff liaison

May 2-3, 2017 

National Library Legislative Day, Washington, DC

 

 

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Discussion Conference Call reminder--number and access code

by Clay Williams on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Here is the information for the call this afternoon at 3 EST.

 

Dial-in Number (United States): (319) 527-9150
Access Code: 710122

Online Doc From Midwinter--Barbara attended the Legislative update and here are the pertinent points

by Clay Williams on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

Agenda 

 

  • Government surveillance
  • Net Neutrality
  • Copyright (DMCA exceptions, Register of Copyrights Office)
  • Privacy (Email privacy, Executive order 12333)
  • HEA reauthorization

 

 

Watchlist

 

Agenda 

 

  • Government surveillance
  • Net Neutrality
  • Copyright (DMCA exceptions, Register of Copyrights Office)
  • Privacy (Email privacy, Executive order 12333)
  • HEA reauthorization

 

 

Watchlist

 

  • FASTR
  • Marakesh Treaty (part of copyright?)
  • De-funding Concerns (NEH, NIH) 
  • Data collection and dissemination (NCES,  EPA, etc.)

Here's an article:  Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies  (from Politico, 01/24/17, cited in The Chronicle 2/2/2017)

"Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency...."

The steps to mute federal employees — seen to varying degrees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services — are sparking early fears of a broader crackdown across the government, as Trump vows to pursue an agenda sharply at odds with his predecessor."

  • Campus Carry Laws / CDC research on gun violence

 

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Online Doc DRAFT Minutes Govt Relations ALAMidwinter Meeting

by Barbara Petersohn on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

[Draft]

ACRL Government Relations Committee

Minutes

ALA Midwinter - January 22, 2017

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Ansley Room 5

 

Present: John Sandstrom, Kara Malenfant (Washington Office), Barbara Petersohn (vice-chair), Phil Kraus (visitor), LeRoy LaFleur (Board Liaison)

[Draft]

ACRL Government Relations Committee

Minutes

ALA Midwinter - January 22, 2017

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Ansley Room 5

 

Present: John Sandstrom, Kara Malenfant (Washington Office), Barbara Petersohn (vice-chair), Phil Kraus (visitor), LeRoy LaFleur (Board Liaison)

  1. Barbara called the meeting to order at 1 pm.
  2. Welcome and introductions (all)
  3. Barbara reviewed timeline and deadlines for the committee for 2017.
  4. Barbara reported sending out requests to ACRL committee chairs for input on the agenda in December; committees had until January 27, 2017 to respond.  She read responses received to date and suggested that these be incorporated into the draft list of legislative agenda items and Watch list items.  All agreed.
  5. The group reviewed and discussed items on the previous year’s agenda and watch list, along with the input from other ACRL committees and our brainstorming in December, in order to continue to develop a working list of 2017 Agenda and Watch list items to use in creating a final version at the meeting in February.
  6. Barbara will pass the working list to Clay to share with the rest of the committee for the next meeting.
  7. The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 pm.
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Work with the ACRL Board and staff to formulate the ACRL legislative agenda seeking input from other ACRL committees and leaders. Assists the ACRL Board in efforts to incorporate the ACRL legislative agenda into the ALA legislative agenda. Serves in an advisory role to the ACRL Government Relations Specialist.

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