Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Email Legislative Day

Dear KLA Academic Libraries Section members:

Please take FIVE MINUTES of your time TODAY (MAY 7) and help support me and the rest of our Kentucky library legislative delegation as we visit KY's congressmen in D.C. next week. By sending an email through the ALA web site, you can show your support for issues that are important to Kentucky's libraries and give more "umph" to our conversations in Washington next week. I have included instructions and a "copy and paste" message below for your convenience.

Thank you for your time and support.

Jason Vance
Chair, Academic Libraries Section


Email your congressmen using ALA's legislative contact form by visiting:

1) enter your zip code
2) scroll to the red box that says “write your local officials”
3) at the bottom of that box, you will see “Or compose your own message to Federal or State elected officials” click “Federal”
4) use the subject line “Support Kentucky’s Libraries”
5) select “education” for the subject
6) copy the message below (or write your own) and paste it into the text box,
7) enter your contact information
8) send the message


Kentucky's school, public, academic, and special libraries are very important, and I want you to support them with your votes on the follow issues:

1. Government Information – allowing regional Federal Depository Libraries flexibility to collaborate, innovate and experiment in order to thrive, given the greatly changing world of government information.

2. Public Access to Federally-Funded Research – supporting enhanced access to federally-funded research through open-access publication and open-data policies.

3. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Reauthorization – supporting reauthorization of the LSTA with adequate funding to support the doubling of grants.

4. Orphan Works – supporting reasonable orphan-works legislation that will make these copyrighted works more accessible.

5. Copyright: Section 108 – supporting the extension of Section 108 to include museums and other cultural institutions and to facilitate Web archiving, preservation and remote access to copies.

6. Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act – supporting legislation that will remedy those sections of the PATRIOT Act that infringe on the civil liberties of library users.

7. Network Neutrality – supporting legislation to preserve the neutrality of the Internet and ensure that Internet service providers do not discriminate against users.

8. Fair-Use and Anti-Circumvention – supporting exceptions to the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow fair-use to copyrighted works.


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