AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / November/December 2019 / Volume 24, No. 2

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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32 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG ADVOCACY T his year the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) celebrates the 30th anniversary of its government relations program and its advocacy presence in Washington, DC. Prior to 1989, AALL worked with federal departments and agen- cies—most notably the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress—to make official government information more widely available to law libraries. Early in its history, the Association often joined with other professional groups, such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) on policy issues of mutual interest such as copyright reform (a practice we still follow today). It wasn't until 1989 that, upon recommendation of AALL's Special Looking back and ahead at the Association's legislative priorities and efforts to ensure greater access to government information, access to justice, government transparency, balanced copyright laws, and privacy for library users. BY TODD MELNICK YEARS OF AALL'S CELEBRATING 30 LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY PROGRAM Immediate Past- President Femi Cadmus meets with Congressman G.K. Butterfield's staffer Nicole Julius.

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