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Legislative Update 06/06/18

Federal:

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board voted on May 31, 2018 to review two recent proposals by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt: (1) to require that only publicly-available data be used to make environmental regulations, and (2) to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Since public health data are often restricted to protect patient privacy, there is concern regarding the implications for public health policies under this proposed rule. The public comment period, initially slated to close on May 30, is now open until Aug 16. Comments may be submitted here; search for Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259. Read more about this coverage from Nature news and the EPA press release.

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Legislative Update, 05/24/2018

Federal:

MLA and AAHSL oppose the EPA’s Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule. Read the statement they submitted to the EPA. If the EPA rule is instated, loss of information including important datasets on the health impacts of lead may result.

The repeal of net neutrality is slated to go into effect June 11, 2018. Earlier this month, though, the Senate voted to block the FCC’s vote, and while 160 Congresspeople support the CRA, the House still needs to vote on the action. Tell your representative to support network neutrality by using this ALA action alert form.

State:

Want to help keep important pieces of our Illinois and National History in Springfield and available for public display?  You can read this article from the State Journal-Register to find out how you can give and help keep precious Lincoln artifacts in the collections at the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.  Find out more and check the status of the fund here or contact the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

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Legislative Update 05/04/2018

Federal:

1) Take action in National Library Legislative Day from home, if you’re not traveling to D.C. for the event next week. Here are the priorities this year:

  • House & Senate: Reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 2271)
  • House & Senate: Fully Fund LSTA and IAL for FY 2019
  • House & Senate: Visit a library, see broadband access in action

2) Members of Congress have shown support for libraries in recent actions. Two “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting federal library funding for FY19 were signed by as many as or more than the number of Senators who signed last year. Representatives on the Committee on House Administration have approved the Federal Depository Library Program Modernization Act of 2018, which will increase the reach of the FDLP. Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee support the Marrakesh Treaty, which would make 350,000 accessible books available to people in the United States who have print disabilities.

3) Protections afforded by net neutrality are still mostly in place while the FCC seeks approval from the Office of Management and Budget to proceed with their proposed decision. There’s still time to ask your representative to support the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s ruling.

4) The Trump Administration may use the authority of rescission to require Congress to review their FY18 appropriations budget. If this occurs, funding for library and other programs may be at risk. As yet, Senate Republican leaders oppose this action.

5) Chief of the U.S. EPA, Scott Pruitt, is proposing a policy to limit research used by government scientists when making new “significant” regulations to only using studies whose data are publicly available. An analysis of the proposal by the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests scientists had little input on the crafting of this legislation, and many oppose the action.

Illinois:

Visit Legiscan to see a summary/status for these Illinois Bills currently working their way through the State Legislature:

  • HB5235: Amends the Freedom of Information Act
  • SB2727: Amends the Illinois Local Library Act
  • SB2849: Creates the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act
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Legislative Update 04/13/2018

Federal:

Congressional Research Service reports, prepared for members and committees of Congress, will soon be available on a free public website within 90 days of creation. Prior to the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law on March 23, 2018, the CRS was not mandated to make this publicly-funded research openly available, although groups like the Federation of American Scientists and Demand Progress maintain online repositories for these reports. ALA has been advocating for making the CRS reports publicly available for the past 20 years. Medical librarians might be especially interested in the CRS Health Policy reports.

From the ALA/ACRL:
“[We] ask academic librarians to advocate to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote approval for the U.S. to sign the Marrakesh Treaty.

The Marrakesh Treaty is the international copyright treaty that was adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It provides a copyright exception — the first ever in an international treaty — for libraries as authorized entities to make accessible copies of articles and books for people with print disabilities and distribute those copies across borders.

With the push for funding for public and school libraries it was felt that it would be best to ask the academic librarians to start the effort on the Marrakesh Treaty. We’ll be getting back to Chapters as a whole when it is time to ask for a larger effort on it.”

Illinois:

Here are several recent articles from The State Journal-Register that may be of interest.

Bills requiring more disease outbreak reporting clear House committee

Illinois Senate approves Equal Rights Amendment

Teens encouraged to sign up for organ donation registry

Illinois House panel OKs net neutrality proposal

Statehouse bill would gut law protecting biometric data, opponents say

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Legislative Update, 03/27/2018

Federal:

Congress passed an appropriations bill for FY18! What does this mean for medical libraries?
– NIH will receive $37 billion, an 8.8% increase from FY17 funding.
– NLM will receive $428.5 million, an increase of 5% from FY17 levels.
– The IMLS will receive $240 million, up 3.9% from FY17.
Read more from the MLA and ALA.

Take action! What’s a week without a call to your congressional representative’s office? Dear Appropriator letters are circulating amongst Senators for the federal FY19 budget. Ask your Senator to support federal library funding.

Both the MLA and ALA support the Federal Depository Library Program Modernization Act of 2018, which would improve public access to and preservation of digital government information. This act was introduced to Congress on March 15, 2018 and has bipartisan support.

Upcoming events:
National Library Week in Washington, D.C., April 8-14, 2018
National Library Legislative Day, May 7-8, 2018

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Thank You for Supporting the HSLI 2017 Annual Conference!

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference Planning Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who contributed time, energy, financial support, etc., to the 2017 Annual Conference. This includes (and is in no particular order):

CE Presenters & Facilitators: Susan Fowler, Gabe Rios, Sarah Isaacs, Merinda Hensley

Reception Presenter: Dr. Marge Jones

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Knox

Student Volunteers: Chelsea, Jeanie, and Peggy

Vendors: American Academy of Pediatrics, EBSCO Information Services, Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM, RAILS – Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and Wolters Kluwer.

Silent Auction Contributors: Baker & Taylor, Electric Avenue, Ex Libris, Illinois Library Association, Roy & Marge Jones, Fran Kovach, Ramune Kubilius, The Library Store, Mackin, Kate Meader, Miranda Shake, Today’s Business Solutions, Inc. & More.

Hotel & Conference Center: The Chateau of Bloomington, IL

And, finally, last but certainly not least, all of the attendees! Thank you for attending the Conference, and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

The HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee for 2017

Co-chairs: Miranda Shake & Roy Jones
Members: Frances Drone-Silvers,Eric Edwards,Sandra Engram,Linda Feinberg, Emily Johnson,Stacey Knight-Davis,Fran Kovach,Ramune Kubilius,Jacqueline Leskovec,Nina Pals,Michelle Quinones,Cynthia Reynolds,Daneen Richardson, &Laura Wimmer.

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Call for Nominations: HSLI President-Elect and Secretary

(via Molly Horio, OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center)

The HSLI Board of Directors is seeking nominations of current HSLI members to be candidates for election to two offices: HSLI President-Elect and Secretary. The President Elect will serve a one-year term that begins after the 2017 Annual Business Meeting in October, and ends at the close of the Annual Business Meeting in 2018, and will then serve a two-year term as President. The Secretary will serve a two-year term that begins after the 2017 Annual Business Meeting in October, and ends at the close of the Annual Business Meeting in 2019.

HSLI members are encouraged to consider running for office or nominating a colleague who is interested in being nominated. Self-nominations are welcome! This is a great opportunity for professional service and leadership development, and there are typically only two HSLI Board meetings per year. The responsibilities of the HSLI President-Elect are as follows.

Duties of the President-Elect

A. To assist the President in the administration of the organization’s affairs as assigned.

B. To serve one year as President-Elect, followed by two years as President, followed by one year as

Immediate Past-President.

C. To preside and perform the duties of the President whenever the President is absent and/or unable to

serve.

Duties of the Secretary

A. To record and distribute the minutes of the business meetings of the membership and Board meetings.

B. To report HSLI activities to state and regional library organizations.

C. To deposit minutes of Board and business meetings with accompanying reports to the Archives Chair.

D. To perform other duties as assigned.

Please call or e-mail Molly Horio, Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, at molly.a.horio@osfhealthcare.org, with your nominations or any questions you may have about the above offices. Please submit your nominations or self-nominations by Friday, September 8. Thank you!

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Legislative Update, 05/16/2017

Federal:

Take action to support federal library funding! Contact your senators to sign each of the Reed/Collins LSTA and Reed/Grassley/Stabenow IAL Dear Appropriator letters. Senators have until May 19 to sign. President Trump has proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and most all other library funding sources. Read the full story on the District Dispatch.

The Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force met with lawmakers in Washington DC in mid-April. They advocated for continued support in funding the NLM and NIH. Representatives were given fact sheets on NLM resource use, benefits of public access to federally-funded research, and NLM research support. For those attending MLA 2017 in Seattle, look for the Activism in a Time of Turbulence open forum. Read more about the Legislative Task Forces meeting.

The ACRL Legislative Agenda for 2017 includes four focal issues. In priority order, these are:
(1) Federal funding for libraries
(2) Network neutrality
(3) Access to federally funded research
(4) Privacy and government surveillance
Read about each of these issues and view the Watch List of issues of great concern to academic and research libraries, but which have no legislation pending.

State:

Just a couple of news items of interest:

Illinois Senate OKs Internet Privacy Measure” from The State Journal-Register

Monday Bid Deadline Prompts Scramble Among Illinois Insurers, Legislators” from Modern Healthcare

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Call for Nominations–HSLI Treasurer

(via Molly Horio, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center)

The HSLI Board of Directors is seeking nominations of current HSLI members for election to the office of HSLI Treasurer. The Treasurer will serve a two-year term that begins after the 2016 Annual Business Meeting in November, and ends at the close of the Annual Business Meeting in 2018.

HSLI members are encouraged to consider running for office or nominating a colleague who is interested in being nominated. Self-nominations are welcome! This is a great opportunity for professional service and leadership development, and there are typically only two HSLI Board meetings per year. The responsibilities of the HSLI Treasurer are as follows.

Duties of the Treasurer (from the HSLI Bylaws)

A. To keep a register of the paid members.

B. To collect assessments, maintain the funds of the organization, and pay bills.

C. To submit a financial report to the membership at the annual meeting.

D. To fill out and submit federal, state, or local forms required to run the organization/corporation.

Please contact Molly Horio, Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, at molly.a.horio@osfhealthcare.org, if you would like to nominate someone or have any questions about the office of HSLI Treasurer. Submit your nominations or self-nominations by Wednesday, October 19.

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HSLI Seeking Candidates for President-Elect

(via Molly Horio)

HSLI elects new leaders each year, so we can continue to provide professional and educational development and networking opportunities for Illinois librarians, information professionals, and library students in the health sciences. This fall, HSLI will elect a new President-Elect. The President-Elect will serve a one-year term, to commence at the close of the HSLI Annual Business Meeting in October 2015. After serving one year as President-Elect, the incumbent will become HSLI President for two years.

Please nominate a colleague who is an active HSLI member, or volunteer to run for the office yourself! It is a great opportunity to contribute to the profession and to grow as a leader. Please submit your nominations and/or questions to Molly Horio, Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, by Friday August 28, 2015 at molly.horio@advocatehealth.com.

 

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