Each year, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, in consultation with the ACRL Board of Directors and staff, formulates an ACRL Legislative Agenda. Drafted with input from key ACRL committees, ACRL leaders, and the ALA Washington Office, the ACRL Legislative Agenda is prioritized and focuses on issues at the national level affecting the welfare of academic and research libraries. The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2016 ACRL Legislative Agenda in time for National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, in Washington, D.C.
The 2016 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on two issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: access to federally funded research and curbing government surveillance. The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Legislation on these issues is not likely to arise and, moreover, ACRL does not believe that any legislation about these issues is necessary. Issues on the watch list are: net neutrality, copyright reform, fair use, “making available” right, preservation and reproduction exceptions, orphan works, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. ACRL will continue tracking these issues and advocate for the best interests of academic and research libraries, if necessary. Read the complete legislative agenda for more details.
Don’t forget to advocate for libraries in early May by calling or emailing Congress as part of ALA’s Virtual Library Legislative Day. Over the next few weeks, please take a moment to register and then ask others in your circles — members, followers, patrons, fellow library staffers, and listservs — to join. The ALA Washington Office will be providing talking points and other handy resources you can use to advocate easily and effectively. They will also be providing a webstream of the National Library Legislative day program, live from Washington, on the morning of May 2nd. You’ll have the chance to hear keynote speaker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and listen in on this year’s issue briefing.