Our Mission Statement declares that the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter/Association of College and Research Libraries, Inc. (ACRL/NY) “encourages local participation in national issues relating to academic and research libraries.” As part of this mission, the ACRL/NY Bylaws create the position of the Legislative Liaison which “shall inform the Chapter of legislative and other governmental activities of importance to academic librarians, and shall represent the Chapter at the annual National Library Legislative Day.”
This ACRL/NY Legislative Advocacy page supports the role of the Legislative Liaison by listing relevant posts, information feeds, links and other information for those interested in library advocacy. There is a particular emphasis on library advocacy efforts in New York.
ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison Posts:
- ACRL/NY Mentoring Program 2016-2017 – Call for Participants The Association of College and Research Libraries / Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (ACRL/NY) is pleased to offer another round of mentoring partnerships for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Please consider participating and forwarding this call to those you think might be interested. About: The ACRL/NY Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic ...
- Legislative Updates November 2015 Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) CISA allows companies to share, without warrant, “cybersecurity threat data” with the Department of Homeland Security, who may then share the information with other governmental agencies. As currently written CISA does not clearly outline what constitutes a cybersecurity threat, leading many to believe that information will be shared without reasonable suspicion ...
- Senate Passes CISA Despite widespread protest, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed through Congress last week. CISA was passed without the amendments proposed by Senators Leahy and Franken (among others) that would have better protected personal privacy. CISA allows personal information to be shared with multiple government agencies, without reasonable evidence of suspicious behavior. Many (including the ALA) ...
- Urgent (Immediate) Call to Action – help stop CISA now! Click here to take immediate action against threats to personal privacy: http://www.decidethefuture.org/ CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, has been a hot topic for librarians and others concerned with personal security for some time. While activists were successful in preventing the passage of an even less acceptable version of CISA earlier this year, and while killing ...
- Legislative Update October 2015 Against a backdrop of criticism against the Library, James Billington stepped down from his role as Librarian of Congress after 28 years of service. On October 7th, days after his September 30th departure, the Senate unanimously approved the “Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015”. The act will instate a 10-year limit on the post, ...
- Legislative Updates, September 2015 from Kelly Johnson, ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison FASTR: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (If passed FASTR would require federal agencies to develop a policy ensuring products of funded research would be freely available to the public online no later than 12 months after publication) July 29: FASTR approved unanimously by the Senate Committee ...
- 2015 National Libraries Legislative Day by Kelly Johnson, ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison The 2015 National Libraries Legislative Day (the 41st annual NLLD) brought over 400 library supporters together on May 5th to advocate for libraries on Capitol Hill. Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System, led New York’s advocates who collectively represented public, school, and (me!) academic libraries as ...
- Note: NYLA Library Advocacy Day Change Important News! The date has changed for the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2014 Advocacy Day. The following has been taken from a NYLINE email sent by Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of New York Library Association: “NYLA regrets to announce that we must move the 2014 NYLA Library Advocacy Day to WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014. This change is deemed necessary in ...
- 2011 Legislative Score Cards from ALA See below to find out how your elected officials have been graded in their efforts to support libraries: National Library Advocacy Day (NLLD) is right around the corner, and to help prepare for your advocacy efforts, we’ve created the 2011 ALA scorecards. Did your representative support school libraries in the Senate or the House? Did your ...
Outside Library Advocacy News Feeds:
Combined feed of various resources listed in the Links & Resources section:
- 17 February 2017: PLA and ALSC release new Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit for training early childhood educators - Press Releases
CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) are proud to announce the release of “Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators.”
- 17 February 2017: Blicher named 2017 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Heather Blicher, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.
This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS), honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
- 17 February 2017: Hunter and Riehman-Murphy receive ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Jennifer Hunter and Christina Riehman-Murphy, reference and instruction librarians at Penn State-Abington, have been named the 2017 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the Research Parties and TED Talk as Research Inspiration programs.
This annual award honors ALA members who have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community.
- 17 February 2017: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Fall Meeting and 2017 Midwinter Meeting - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2016 Fall Meeting and the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
At its 2016 Fall Meeting in Chicago, the COA took the following action:
- Precandidacy status was granted to the following program:
- Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies at the University College London.
At its 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the COA took the following actions:
- Precandidacy status was granted to the following program:
- 16 February 2017: New amicus briefs on old copyright cases - District Dispatch
The American Library Association (ALA), as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), joined amicus briefs on Monday in support of two landmark copyright cases on appeal. The first (pdf) is the Georgia State University (GSU) case—yes, that one— arguing that GSU’s e-reserves service is a fair use. The initial complaint was brought back ...
- 16 February 2017: Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code founder and CEO, to open 2017 ALA Annual Conference - Press Releases
Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than10,000 girls across America--and they're just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization, is also the author of the groundbreaking book Women Who Don't Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course.
- 16 February 2017: Look Back, Move Forward: librarians combating misinformation - District Dispatch
Librarians across the field have always been dedicated to combating misinformation. TBT to 1987, when the ALA Council passed the “Resolution on Misinformation to Citizens” on July 1 in San Francisco, California. (The resolution is also accessible via the American Library Association Institutional Repository here.) In response to the recent dialogue on fake news and news literacy, ...
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- 16 February 2017: 2017 Cunha-Swartzburg Award to MetaArchive - Press Releases
CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Jury for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected the MetaArchive Cooperative as the 2017 recipient. The award, sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge, will be presented during a ceremony at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
- 16 February 2017: Karen Kiorpes receives Banks Harris Preservation Award - Press Releases
CHICAGO—Karen Kiorpes is the recipient of the 2017 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. This award is given annually by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., the award consists of $1,500 and a citation. Kiorpes’ consistent leadership, service, advocacy and dedication to preservation education embodies the qualities of the Banks Harris Award.
- 16 February 2017: New eCourse: Adult Programming - Planning for Success - Press Releases
Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, April 17, 2017.
Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request
By the end of this eCourse, you will have:
- 15 February 2017: Share your best practice at AASL National Conference - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 24, 2017, to be considered.
- 15 February 2017: Hale monograph wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award - Press Releases
CHICAGO—The recipient of the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award is Dawn Hale for her edited volume, “Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship“ (ALA Editions, 2016).
- 14 February 2017: Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment - District Dispatch
While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been ...
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- 13 February 2017: Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine - Advocacy
In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central.
- 9 February 2017: Buy it, own it you do! “YODA” is back! - District Dispatch
Blogging about Congress and legislation can sometimes be, well, a little challenging. How to make it exciting, engaging . . . or at least interesting to a non- policy wonk audience? Then there are those happy times when we here at District Dispatch just can’t improve on the original. This week, was one of those ...
Library Advocacy Links & Resources:
Here are some important and helpful links for Library Advocacy issues.
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Advocacy and Issues
- New York Library Association – you can sign up as a ‘Library Advocate’ to receive New York action alerts.
- METRO Advocacy Special Interest Group LibGuide
- District Dispatch: blog of the American Library Association’s Washington Office.
- Library Journal — Legislation feed
- LibraryLaw Blog features articles dealing with “issues concerning libraries and the law — with latitude to discuss any other interesting issues.”
- Copyright Advisory Network, part of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy