Government Relations

Advocacy Information for the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association

The Advocacy Committee monitors the progress and development of legislative activities affecting health care information and education, health sciences libraries and librarians, and the public we serve. The web site of the Medical Library Association provides extensive information on national issues. To best serve our Chapter constituency, we focus particularly on issues in New York and New Jersey, recognizing that legislative and budgetary issues that affect libraries in general also impact those in the health sciences.

We invite members to access MLA Governmental Relations and ALA Advocacy to keep up with advocacy issues of concern to librarians.

Legislative News

Civil Liberties
Addresses legislation that seeks to strengthen national security post 9/11, and its impact on libraries and library services.

Addresses annual appropriations legislation that funds education and recruitment initiatives, and also library programs and services.

Advocacy Educational Tools

Health Care Reform

  • Websites Featuring Health Reform Resources
    • Kaiser Family Foundation: Provides comprehensive resources on a range of issues including state health reform initiatives, health policy headlines, and side-by-side comparison of the major health care form proposals.

MLA Statements

Information Access

  • Access to Government Information
    Addresses issues and legislation related to public access to health information, including the NIH policy on enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from NIH-funded research and NLM’s PubChem database.