News from the Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs

Greetings LLNE advocates,

We have a few items to report:

First, the AALL Government Relations Committee is looking for nominees for two awards it administers:  the Robert R. Oakley Award and the Public Access to Government Information Award. The Oakley Advocacy Award is given to recognize an AALL member or group who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL’s Washington affairs representative from 1989-2007.   The Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award is given to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information.

Official descriptions of the awards and nominating procedures, along with lists of past winners, are available on the AALL website via these links:



Nominations are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 

Second, if you didn’t have a chance to attend the live event on January 27, 2022, we recommend that you check out the 2022 AALL Chapter Advocacy Training recording (available on AALL eLearning) for great takeaways on local advocacy.  The training included presentations by AALL members who have been active in their chapters advocacy efforts, including Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff (Chicago Association of Law Libraries), Benjamin Keele (MidAmerica Association of Law Libraries), and David McFadden (Western Pacific Association of Law Libraries and Southern California Association of Law Libraries).

Finally, here in New England it’s still early in the legislative sessions of many states, but we’re continuing to monitor developments of interest to law librarians.   We’ll keep you apprised.


Catherine Biondo and Emilie Benoit, LLNE GRC Co-Chairs

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