The Library of Congress has long-standing, professional practices and principles that are used to propose updates to subject headings. In March, the Library of Congress did just that, proposing to update the subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” to “Noncitizens” and/or “Unauthorized immigration.”
However, the House Appropriations Committee is ready to order the Library of Congress not to make those changes. A vote will likely occur in a few days.
Maryland has two members of Congress that serve on the House Appropriations Committee—Congressman Harris and Congressman Ruppersberger. If they are your representatives, please contact them to ask that they respect the Library of Congress’ professional opinion by keeping any instructions or discussion of subject headings out of the Library of Congress’s funding bill and its legislative report. More background information and how to contact your elected officials appear in the links below:
Not sure who your elected officials are? Just enter your ZIP code on the right in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box on the Action Center.
A more detailed explanation appears in the District Dispatch.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!
Published October 4, 2013
Tags: Appropriations, Government Printing Office, Government Shutdown, GPO, IMLS, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library of Congress, Library Services and Technology Act, LOC, LSTA
The following was shared by the American Library Association (ALA)Washington Office.
While the ALA Washington Office remains up and running, the shutdown will have a noticeable impact on library services across the country. To name a few:
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is closed and will be unable to disperse grants and funds to libraries as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
- U.S. Census websites and collection surveys will be unavailable until the government is funded.
- The Government Printing Office (GPO) is closed. Gpo.gov will not be updated during the shutdown. Federal Register services will continue in a limited capacity.
- The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers for the duration of the shutdown.
The ALA Washington Office, based on a report from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has identified some additional cuts to the FY 2011 budget that impact government resources used by libraries:
- The Library of Congress (LOC) received a cut of 2%, or $13.4 million. This will require a hiring freeze and potential delays in services and products.
- The Government Printing Office (GPO) will be flat funded at $135.3 million and should be able to maintain existing operations.
- The General Services Administration (GSA) was cut by almost $1 billion. No decisions have been made yet, but this cut could reduce their e-government funding for sites such as Data.gov.
For more details on these cuts and their impact, see the District Dispatch posting.
Now is a great time to invite members of Congress to visit Maryland’s libraries to see firsthand what libraries do. Additionally, grassroots efforts will be even more important as debate begins on the FY 2012 budget. Updates will be posted to this blog.
The Library of Congress has broadened the exceptions in Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to allow more use in the classroom and educational use in all disciplines. For more details, please see the District Dispatch posting.