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  Thursday, November 14, 2002

An update to my last post:  The proposed rule to implement the May OMB initiative on government printing has now been published in the Federal Register. The official site is 67 F.R. 68914 (Nov. 13, 2002). The proposed rule contains a lengthy summary at the beginning discussing the separation of powers issue. I haven't had a chance to read the whole thing yet, but I understand that while there's language bemoaning "fugitive documents" and encouraging agencies to submit documents to the Superintendent of Documents, but with no express mechanism for how agencies should do this and, apparently, no penalty if they don't.

Comments must be sent in by Dec. 13, 2002.  The address is General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. You can e-mail comments to farcase.2002-011@gsa.gov. If you do send comments, refer to FAR case 2002-011. Please read this rule and send in comments if you think it's important that citizens continue to have access to government documents through the Federal Depository Library Program.

1:57:18 PM comment []   

  Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Lots of you may have already read the LA Times editorial entitled Chokehold on Knowledge (the LA Times requires registration, so this may or may not work). I first read about it through an excellent blog written by law professor Jeff Cooper, Cooped Up. His post quotes from the editorial and also mentions an incident this fall where OMB "changed" the record.

Bibliolatry mentioned the conflict today as well.  She referred to this article about OMB's draft regulation. A PDF version of the draft regulation is here. The article mentions that it will be posted to the Federal Register soon, so folks should send in their comments within 30 days after publication.  I'll try to post when it's official in the FR.

2:30:55 PM comment []   

I spotted this last week in a link from Library Juice:  Apparently ALA has a program called Lawyers for Libraries that sponsors training for lawyers who want to to get involved in First Amendment issue and specifically in defending libraries.  They have training sessions scheduled in February in Washington, D.C. and in Chicago in May. Five hundred dollars plus airfare and hotel seems a bit much for an evening and one day of training, but then I'm just a poor librarian.  Unfortunately, there might be some public interest lawyers who can't afford that much either. Librarians can only attend if they are accompanied by an attorney because of space limitations. ALA plans to schedule more training next year.
1:59:38 PM comment []   

I don't know if anyone's missed me or not (thanks, Morgan, for the e-mail today), but I've just not had much I wanted to comment on lately.  However, a few things have accumulated over the past few weeks that I'm going to try to post today.  Thanks for your patience.
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