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Legislative Update 06/06/18


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.”


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


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.


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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Legislative Update, 05/16/2017


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.


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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Back issues added to HSLI Newsletter Archive

Fran Kovach has digitized the 1980s and 1990s issues of the HSLI Newsletter. You can now view these back issues at

They are also linked on the menu at the right.

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Legislative Committee Report

The Legislative Committee continually tracks legislation in both the Illinois General Assembly, which started its 98th session in January, and the United States Congress, which began its 113th session, also in January. The committee has sent out alerts to HSLI members regarding the following pieces of legislation:
Illinois Senate Bill 1900improves open access to research conducted at public universities and community colleges in the state (sent to the Governor on June 14)
Illinois Senate Bill 1950increases flexibility for local public bodies to invest in municipal bonds, which provide funding for public and school libraries (sent to the Governor on June 14)
Illinois House Bill 0214appropriations bill that includes funding for library systems, especially grants for improving accessibility and technology (sent to the Governor on June 4)
U.S. House Resolution 933general appropriations act that includes funding for LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act, the only federal program devoted exclusively to libraries) and IAL (Innovative Approaches to Literacy, which funds literacy programs for at-risk children in preschool through 12th grade)became public law

Michael Wold and Eric Edwards, Legislative Committee Co-Chairs

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HSLI wants YOU!

helpwantedHSLI is seeking volunteers for several open committee positions. Whether you have served in the past or are new to the HSLI community, we are seeking your ideas and service. There are positions open on the Bylaws and Marketing committees that offer the opportunity to shape how HSLI operates and spread the word about what HSLI does. If you would like to be a part of conference planning, the 2014 conference planning committee is forming now. As a reminder, conference planning committee chair receives a 50% waiver of registration fees for the current conference. Subcommittee chairs receive a 25% discount on registration fees. Please contact Stacey Knight-Davis (217-581-7549) to volunteer or for more information.

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