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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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Legislative Action Item: Support Federal Library Funding

Are your advocacy voices feeling hoarse yet? Gear up for more communications with your legislators! The Trump administration’s proposed FY19 budget yet again includes the elimination of federal funding for libraries. Send feedback to your congressional representatives via ALA or the 5 Calls website.

March 19, 2018 is the deadline for legislators to sign their support of federal library funding. Has your representative already signed? Find out at the ALA advocacy page, “Fund Libraries.”

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Legislative Update, 01/29/2018


The Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271) would reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS administers funding for libraries via the Library Services Technology Act. MLA and ALA are asking their members to contact their senators and ask them to be a co-sponsor of this bill.

Preparing to attend a legislative meet-up? Use these legislator talking tips provided by Ann Joslin, Idaho State Librarian.

The Congressional Review Act to overrule the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, led by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), now has the support of 50 senators. All Senate Democrats support this resolution, including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). If you live outside Illinois, contact your representative to ask for their support. More on the story is available from The Washington Post.


Democratic candidates for the Governor of Illinois are gearing up for the primaries in March.  View the January 23rd Forum which gave all 6 candidates an opportunity to speak and answer questions.

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Institutes of Health is in a furlough status as of Monday, January 22, 2018, due to an absence of federal appropriations. According to the FY 2018 HHS Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations in the Absence of Enacted Annual Appropriations, “The plan for maintaining access to databases includes the minimum staff required to identify and correct dynamic access problems caused by changes in the volume and types of use.  (During a shutdown, there would be no routine updating of databases that is normally a major part of these database operations.)  In addition, the plan for continuation of IT infrastructure services represents only the bare minimum to sustain the essential infrastructure for keeping the National Library of Medicine data center operational for serving the external biomedical databases that are used in the provision of non-Federal health care.”

What does this mean for librarians and patrons?

  • Databases such as MedlinePlus and PubMed are online but will likely not be updated during the Federal shutdown.
  • E-mails and customer support requests to NLM will not be answered.
  • NLM will not fill ILL requests or provide technical support to DOCLINE/Loansome Doc. Contact the National DOCLINE Coordinating Office, at, if you have questions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, including the GMR Office, is open! Please contact the Office, at, if you need assistance.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join ILA’s delegation and travel to the nation’s capitol to get our message out to Congress! ALA’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C. Illinois has traditionally delivered one of the most robust delegations and we expect to do so again this year.

NLLD registration ($75) is handled through ALA. Illinois librarians will automatically be counted as part of the Illinois delegation. Your registration fee includes legislative materials, Monday’ briefing sessions and Congressional Reception, organized by ALA’s National Library Legislative Day Committee; and Tuesday’s Congressional visits, organized by ILA.

Once again, ILA will host a dinner on Monday, May 7 ($50 for ILA members; $60 for non-members). Dinner registration is handled through ILA.

Learn more, or register for NLLD and/or the ILA dinner.

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Reminder: ILA Legislative Meet-Ups in January and February

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Illinois Library Association sponsors meetups where librarians can meet with legislators to let them know what is important to us. This is your chance to meet your state legislators and give them feedback! The 2018 events start January 29 and run through the end of February. Check for one in your area.

This year our regional advocacy efforts expand with eight legislative events providing an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library.  Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.  Use this opportunity for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your Facebook page or to invite them to visit your library!

Register Online.

For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail  

Your registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and state and federal legislative briefing.

If you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896 or email

Make your voice heard!


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Legislative Action Item: Save Net Neutrality, Round 2!

Following the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, what’s next? Even though Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is one of 17 State Attorneys General appealing the decision, your voice matters, too. Speak with your congressional representatives preceding their review of the vote. Contact information and a sample script are available at

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Legislative Action Item: Save Net Neutrality

As you may have seen from the ALA Washington Office and via our very own ILA, net neutrality is on the precipice of extinction. The five FCC commissioners will vote on the matter on December 14, 2017.

Let your voice be heard! Email your elected Congressperson using the form available from ALA here.

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Legislative Update, 11/10/2017

Federal News:

ALA submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Department’s plans to monitor and collect information from U.S. immigrants’ social media accounts. In the letter, ALA representatives write that the proposal is “quite excessive and thus an invasion of privacy.” For more details, visit the District Dispatch.

In national, but not strictly legislative, news … Read comments submitted by the MLA to the NLM regarding the Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine. MLA recommends working with the NLM to develop a Data Sciences Specialization as part of a training program for health science librarians. Additional strategic partnerships are also recommended. Read a summary of the comments via the MLA News blog.

Want to actively participate in democracy? Try the 5 Calls app. Choose from a list of active legislative issues and be prompted with background information and a phone number to reach your local representative. One current topic is “Demand the FCC maintain net neutrality,” but see also the issues listed under Healthcare.

Illinois News:

SB 851 (amendment to the Illinois Local Library Act / property tax freeze proposal) passed the House.  However it was not voted on in the Senate and the veto session has now closed.  The Illinois Library Association is opposed to this amendment.  Thanks to those who contacted their senators and representatives!

The Illinois Library Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee has just re-booted the Illinois Libraries Matter blog.  Check out their latest post!

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