Fall 2000

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Chair's Column
News from the States
What's New?
NCSL Publications
LRL Homepage 

Chair's Column

by Johanne Greer, Maryland, LRL Chair

"Outstanding programs," "scrumptious food", and "this one will be hard to top" are just some of the unsolicited accolades offered by the librarians who attended this year's Professional Development Seminar held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Many thanks to our hosts, Suzy Hughes, the library director of the Legislative Research Library and Arthur McEnany, the Law Librarian for the Senate Law Library, who with the help and guidance of Rita Thaemert at NCSL, arranged programs spanning many interesting areas from technology in libraries to technology in legislative chambers and committee rooms. Overviews of all of the sessions are in this issue of NEWSLINE, and I would like to thank the volunteers who wrote them.

All of our meals were arranged, including a delightful dinner at the Governor's Mansion the first evening, October 18. Since the Governor could not attend dinner, the Speaker of the Louisiana House, the Honorable Charles DeWitt, Jr. welcomed us to his great state. The food was delicious and the ambiance was an example of southern grace and charm at its best.

The informative and entertaining program on the Louisiana legislature really gave us a flavor for politics in this unique state. Panelists included Emile "Peppi" Bruneau, the House Speaker Pro Tempore;   E.L. "Bubba" Henry, a former House Speaker; Edgar "Sonny" Mouton, the former Senate President Pro Tempore; and ad hoc panelist John Hainkel, President of the Senate.. The mediator, E. Anne Dunn is the Director of Governmental Affairs Division, for Louisiana's House Legislative Services.

The success of the Professional Development seminar was also due in part to the large turn out of librarians. We are all so fortunate to be part of an organization like NCSL that affords us the opportunity to get together with other people who do what we do. We can share our ideas and concerns among ourselves and go back to our respective states with a fresh new outlook. The listserv that NCSL supports for the librarians provides immediate responses to questions that might otherwise take weeks to research, not to mention the expenditure of work hours. For example, Lynn Randall from Maine, who was not able to attend the Professional Development Seminar or the Annual Meeting last summer, but read the Chair's Column in the last issue of NEWSLINE, sent me some information that was extremely helpful to address my concerns about copyright laws and preserving newspaper articles. Diane Bolander, Staff Chair for NCSL also reinforced the concept of using NCSL both to enrich our career paths and to enhance our personal lives when she spoke to us at the seminar. These are just a few of the ways NCSL bolsters our careers.

We have a wonderful group and I am honored to be an active participant in it. I urge all of you to look to NCSL to reinforce your professional development and to provide assistance to your library through its many resources. It is truly an organization that supports us so that we can better support our legislatures.

Professional Development Seminar
October 18-21, 2000
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Technology in the Workplace: Utilizing the Web
Home pages, intranets, special features
Thursday, October 19

by Joyce M. Grimes, MLIS, Legislative Reference Librarian, South Carolina

Louisiana, one of the first states to open their legislature to the world of the Internet, took creative steps in the mid 1980s by asking Karen Paterson, State Demographer and INFO Office of Database Commission Webmaster, to coordinate state agency Web sites to make all of the sites user friendly, with a common look for easy navigation. The Internet's dynamics require constant evaluation of services. A current pilot project identifies public services to make available via the Internet in lieu of onsite. There was an active discussion of archived Web site information on intranet as well as Internet records.

Kim Manning Dodd, Researcher and Webmaster, Senate Legislative Services, gave an excellent power point presentation with a handout on the history of the Senate's Web development and especially the need to identify Web trends through analysis of traffic at the Web site, which is

Mark Gilbert, IS Applications Analyst, House Clerk's office, said that their mission is to provide legislative information and research sites to a wide variety of users. The House Internet homepage has these categories: Representatives, House Staff, Citizen's Guide, Resources, Search, Caucuses/Delegation, and Legislature, along with subcategories. They strive to provide easy to navigate generic

databases. The House via Internet provides live broadcasts of chamber and committee meetings. Guillermo Cordon, IS Applications Specialist in the Clerk's office, and Frances Carlson Thomas, Information Specialist/Librarian in the David R. Poynter Legislative Research Library, House Legislative Services, reviewed information that is available to staff on their intranet at the Web site

The Louisiana legislature outsources to Brian Broussard, Public Systems Associates, Inc., development and maintenance of a joint legislative site Web portal to the state legislature. It is not chamber specific, but provides a dynamic joint chamber pictorial with excellent wording and ease of navigation to encourage public accessibility. The Web site is

Coordination of Web Information - Charting the Future
Thursday, October 19

by Ellen Cork, Information Systems Librarian, Texas

Louisiana's Office of the Database Commission includes the Demographer, Karen Paterson. She coordinates Web information in a central location by getting all state Web sites together on one electronic mall. The site known as INFO Louisiana contains a link to Louisiana News. This enables state agencies to put up news from their offices that will remain on the site for one month. There is a link to a Student's page. Under Education there is a link to the library page that takes the user to the State Library of Louisiana. Additionally, there is a database catalog that searches all of Louisiana state departments' databases.

There are links to Federal databases, local governments, a state employee's page and a retirement page. Work is underway to add more services such as renewing driver's licenses online, and obtaining birth certificates, hunting and fishing licenses.

A task force was formed to address the concerns about saving online publications but the recommendations have yet to be implemented.

Overall, the mission of the database is to have the ability to move seamlessly across departments and to be more intuitive to users.

Louisiana's Legislature: A Historical Perspective
Thursday, October 19

by Deb Priest, Assembly Information Center, New York

Special interest groups sitting by members telling them how to vote; lobbyists delivering buckets of chicken and watermelon to the Floor during session; children squabbling to press buttons for a vote or biting member's legs, and smushing ice cream into white suits of legislators; members nominating colleagues as the State Fossil, and grappling with legislation to create a 13th month. These were some of the images of pre-modern Louisiana government presented to the LRL on Thursday afternoon.

President of the Senate, John Hainkel, along with our own Suzy Hughes, hosted panel members Emile "Peppi" Bruneau, House Speaker Pro Tempore, former House Speaker E.L. "Bubba" Henry, former Senate President Pro Tempore Edgar "Sonny" Mouton,and E. Anne Dunn, Director of the Governmental Affairs Division of the House Legislative Services, in a highly animated reminiscence of the often fractious and always colorful Legislature and its dynamic re-invention and modernization in the early 1970s.

As Sonny Mouton characterized it, prior to this, legislators had "mind, mouth and desk"--no staff and a complete reliance on lobbyists for information. Bubba Henry related how, in the absence of any organization at all, "half of the Legislature was under water, and the other half, under indictment." Peppi Bruneau recalled how, prior to reapportionment, without single member districts, there was no accountability to one's electorate--no legislator responsibility to a particular constituency. John Hainkel depicted the years up to 1972 as the Period of Chaos, the pre-rules era, "when the Floor of the House was one of the greatest places to eat." There were no public meeting rooms, and the meetings themselves were often unannounced, suddenly moved without indication as to where, and behind closed door. The public had no part in the process, and there was no accountability to the electorate.

Our speakers, then designated the "Young Turks," were instrumental in leading the legislative reform that divorced the Legislature from the strong arm of the Executive Branch. Obtaining funding for the modernization and construction of new government facilities, they opened up government by improving research facilities and staff, building meeting rooms, bringing in state-of-the-art sound, video systems and signage. They further developed a strong legislative organization based on open government, responsibility, and accountability. Instituting procedures, rules, and the structure of the Standing Committee system, they extended and set the length of the session to regularize the process. Anne Dunn noted how this modernization and professionalization brought decorum to the Legislature.

The panel concluded the afternoon session with reflections on the double-edged sword of technology: its strength in efficiently providing the information needed for legislative decision-making and the communication with the public necessary for open government; on the other hand, its ability to overload legislators with too much information to absorb, and to distract, dehumanize, and even isolate legislators from the more traditional opportunities to communicate among themselves that made a more cohesive and compassionate Legislature. The LRL staff section was treated to a real-time demonstration of the Louisiana Legislature's advanced technology applications, as this colorful and lively session itself was videotaped immediately available on the Louisiana Web site [and check out this fine site!] at Choose: House; Archive Video; 2000, October; 20th (viewing software is provided). LRL thanks Suzy and the panel members for letting us share in the recreation of these dynamic moments in Louisiana's legislative history.

Services to the Legislature: State Library, Law Library of Louisiana
Thursday, October 20, 2000

by Alice Winn, Research Associate, Legislative Reference Center, Virginia

Corporate leaders do it. Job hunters do it. And, yes! Librarians do it too! Networking is a fact of life for the librarians of Louisiana. Legislative librarians heard an animated discussion of how the State Library, the David R. Poynter Legislative Research Library, and the Law Library of Louisiana work together to provide information services to both legislators and the general public.

Virginia Smith, Coordinator of User Services at the Louisiana State Library, described how their clippings service, online newspaper and book reservation capabilities aid state lawmakers. In addition, Judy Smith, Head of the Louisiana Section, directs a knowledgeable staff who are familiar with the libraries extensive collection of Louisiana materials, and are trained to assist legislators, attorneys and members of the general public in conducting legislative history research. The librarians at the Legislative Research Library, which is not open to the public, rely on their professional counterparts at the State Library to provide this valuable service.

The State Library, in turn, depends on Suzy Hughes and her staff at the Legislative Research Library to keep them informed of the latest developments from the Capitol. Suzy spearheaded the Louisiana Government Information Network [LaGin], which coordinates information from numerous state agencies to disseminate to libraries statewide. Libraries around the state now have access to the statistical data and policy analysis, which are the backbones of agency publications. Providing informational seminars about the legislative process to state agencies has also been successful; the workshop on the budget process was the most popular.

The Law Library of Louisiana is the third leg of this information sharing triad. Located in New Orleans, eighty miles from the state capitol, it is the only public law library in the state. Library Director, Carol Billings, and her staff answer questions and supply law materials to both the State Library and the Legislative Research Library. With a state statute collection that dates back to 1855, the Law Library is the library of choice for Louisiana attorneys and other legal professionals.

Networking is a success in Louisiana. When there is a question about statutory history, the legislature, or the law, the professional staff at these three libraries, by working collaboratively, can supply the answer to the citizens and elected officials of their state.

NCSL Staff Chair Presentation

by Beth Furbush, Librarian, Legislative Library, Montana

Diane Bolender, NCSL Staff Chair and Director of the Iowa Legislative Service Bureau, spoke at the LRL breakfast on Friday, October 20.

Diane commented on the degree of change faced by LRL, similar to that faced by NALIT (the Information Technology staff section). She recommended that new staff as well as seasoned staff participate in the Legislative Staff Management Institute, held at the Humphrey Institute at the Univ. of Minnesota and the Skills Development Seminars held in Madison, WI. Diane also brought greetings from the past staff chair, John Phelps from Florida and next year's chair, Ramona Kennedy from Oregon.

NCSL is starting its second quarter century. The original aims were to be a clearinghouse for information and a source of technical assistance, to offer professional development opportunities, and to provide a state legislative presence in Washington, DC. The first staff section organized was the Clerks and Secretaries. There are now 10 staff sections, overseen by an Executive Committee and a Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, which produced a compact disk about NCSL. Professional Development Seminars such as this one provide an opportunity to network with people doing similar jobs. Diane encouraged us to get involved in this organization and use NCSL and its Web site for personal and professional growth as well as for useful connections and information to help us do our jobs.

Results of a survey by the LSCC Task Force on Staff Development were reported in the June 2000 issue of State Legislatures. There were around 1,000 respondents who noted the attraction of a challenging, intellectually stimulating job, enjoyment and involvement in the political process and the desire to serve the public and make a difference, as reasons for being attracted to legislative work.

Term limits now going into effect are impacting the institutional memory in many state legislatures. Diane emphasized the importance of our roles as legislative staff and of helping the public understand the role of the legislature and the stresses and demands of legislative life. The public tends to have a negative view of representative democracy as a messy, self-interested process. As Alan Rosenthal has pointed out, legislatures must be more representative and more responsive, with higher ethical standards.

Noting such research as the National Assessment of Educational Progress' findings of low levels of student understanding of the political process, NCSL is sponsoring the Trust for Representative Democracy comprising several programs to help educate students and the general public about representative democracy. Programs include Legislators Back to School Day; a curriculum called A New Public Perspective on Representative Democracy; Project Citizen (co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, a competition for middle school students); Civic Education Awards; and a national media campaign.

Technology in the Legislature: Tour of Legislative Chamber Facilities
Friday, October 20

by Jane Basnight, Library Research Assistant, Legislative Library, North Carolina

One of the highlights of the seminar was the tour of the legislative chambers led by Butch Speer, Clerk of the House. Our first stop was the House chamber where we were awed by the towering coffered ceiling and the expansive use of marble, bronze, and wood. Recent renovations to the capitol allow for the use of the latest technology throughout the chambers. Each member is assigned a laptop computer for accessing text and history of bills, bill digests, amendments, and voting records. E-mail connections allow immediate contact with the libraries when additional information is needed on the floor. Closed circuit televisions are placed between each desk pair allowing members a closer view of the podium or the option of tuning in to live proceedings of a committee meeting. Although the Senate chamber was similar to the House chamber, closed circuit TV's were not in use there.

As the group walked the hallways of the capitol, we noticed the large plasma screens mounted near the ceiling that display the day's scheduled committee meetings. Beside each committee room door was a smaller screen displaying that committee's agenda and notation of what items were currently under discussion. Video cameras and large plasma screens were installed in all committee rooms with assisted hearing devices available when needed.

Our tour ended in the executive corridor connecting the legislative chambers. In front of the original governor's suite is a plaque marking the place where Huey Long, then a U. S. Senator, was shot September 8, 1935.

Technology in the Library: Choosing an Integrated Library System
Friday, October 20

by Nan Bowers, Legislative Librarian, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada

David Warner, Maryland Legislative Library, presented a detailed account of the selection process that led Maryland to choose the SIRSI system. From the library's current 10-year-old DOS system, Maryland was looking to move to an integrated system with a relational database and windows NT platform. Primary use for the system would be database searching and cataloging. As a member of the five-person selection committee, David visited vendors at conferences, attended a vendor-sponsored workshop on migration to a new system, and prepared a sample RFP.

Other criteria for the new system included good customer support, an off the shelf product, ease of use, and Internet/intranet potential. The legislative computer staff must also approve the selected system. The committee reviewed the literature, surveys, research evaluations, and spoke to librarians using various systems. Four finalists emerged from the study: SIRSI, The Library Corporation, Sydney Plus, and EOSI's Q Series. Intensive research on the four systems included requests for information, vendor demonstrations, site visits, and then the process of elimination began. Cost, customer support and system limitations came into play and SIRSI emerged as the best choice for Maryland's needs. Marian Rogers, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, commented her library recently choose SIRSI after an extensive selection process. Both David and Marian offered to talk with librarians about their experiences in selecting a library system.

Electronic Records Retention
Friday, October 20

by Eddie Weeks, Legislative Librarian, Office of Legal Services, Tennessee

Presenters were Faye Phillips and Emily Robinson of the LSU Special Collections Department.

The Federal Government, through the National Archives, has been dealing with electronic records and their retention since the 1960's. They still have no consistent policy. The National Archives has issued a series of policies, instructional guidelines, and GRS's for the retention, destruction, and deletion of "e-records." These have been overturned by courts, reinstated by other courts, and suspended and replaced by other policies and guides.

Further muddying the waters is the emergence of "d-records," or digital records, items never intended for print format. These, like e-records, suffer from an unstable format and the risk of software obsolescence. Electronic information is already being lost. It is time to stop discussing the problem and to start acting on the problem, but no one knows what is the correct course of action, nor is there any agreement for a current course of action. Paper and microfilm remain the preferred storage format for archival purposes.

LRL Business Meeting
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saturday, October 21, 2000

The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:30 am by Johanne Greer, Chair.

Thanks were expressed to Suzy Hughes and Arthur McEnany for organizing a wonderful program for this Professional Development Seminar.

A resolution was presented to Susan Gilley (OK) detailing her many contributions to the staff section and conveying the gratitude of LRL for all her work over the years.

Archivist Position
Irene Stone (CA) has accepted the position of Archivist for the staff section. She will be reinstating the photo album that Susan Gilley had maintained that is now missing. Irene solicited input as to what kind of scrapbook we would like. Suggestions included pictures from Professional Development Seminars, lists of attendees, and brochures.

Promoting Legislative Libraries
The group shared promotional ideas and samples of materials. Johanne mentioned the problem of ensuring that the library is credited for work it does. Several people use a stamp to brand work products. Irene passed out a list of California Research Bureau products that John Jewell compiled. Alice Winn (VA), Debbie Tavenner (OH) and Jan Wolfey (NV), Anne Rottmann (MO), Dale Propp (TX), Shirley Dallas (WA), and others shared current and planned brochures and other publicity material (bookmarks, news summaries, new materials lists, business cards) getting across basic messages as to phone numbers and services offered. Robbie LaFleur's (MN) publicity materials include a page with photos of public services staff and a topic list for orders for their current awareness service.

Jennifer Bernier (CT) mentioned reaching out to new employees with targeted e-mail and getting them in the library for orientation when they stop by on a quick introductory tour.

Dale Propp (TX) suggested that a collection of these materials be made available on the LRL Web site.

Indexing project for NCSL
Doug Sacarto (NCSL) is interested in having LRL participate in a project to identify and index legislative staff subject expertise (updating the 1994 directory of key policy contacts). Doug has developed a subject list but requests our help in collecting and maintaining data. Some states might not be too hard, but many, especially those without legislative libraries, would be very difficult. CSG also provides directories we would not need to duplicate, though these directories are fairly general. Susan Gilley suggested that providing a central phone number to call for referral to a subject expert would be the most effective way to go for a stable, reliable resource. Deb Priest (NY) commented that librarians could certainly serve as gateways to subject expertise in their states.

Regional Coordinators were recognized and applauded for their good work. 1999-2000 Coordinators have been Jennifer Bernier (CT), Clare Cholik (SC), Tracey Kimball (NM), Irene Stone (CA), Frances Thomas (LA), Marian Rogers (WI), and Joyce Grimes (SC). For 2000-2001, Suzie Carroll (LA) will replace Frances Thomas; others will continue.

Future Professional Development Seminars
The 2001 seminar in Richmond, VA, will be joint with RACSS, (Research and Committee Staff Section). We plan to visit LEXIS and Williamsburg. Possible joint sessions with RACSS include a leadership skills workshop presented by the Virginia State Librarian and a workshop on targeting your writing to your audience. A riverboat ride on the James River is also possible. Other topics might include marketing library services, researching state statutes, team building, and evaluating Internet sources. Suggestions are solicited and should go to Nan Bowers (NV), vice-chair. The 2002 seminar will be in Bismarck, ND. Possible locations for the 2003 seminar were discussed including Alaska and Washington.

2001 Annual Meeting - San Antonio
Dale Propp gave an overview of planning for LRL activities at the 2001 Annual Meeting. Possibilities include a bus trip to Austin for a tour of the legislative library and state capitol and a session on assertiveness for librarians in the political arena (picking your battles).

Notable Documents
Deb Priest described the Notable Documents program and solicited nominations of documents including serials, documents from other levels of government (municipal, county) and government-related organizations (lobbyists, think tanks, not-for-profit) to be considered for recognition. Nan Bowers (NV) and Debbie Tavenner (OH) shared experiences with nominated documents that had turned out to be political hot potatoes. It may be wise to investigate any political climate surrounding a document before nomination.

NCSL Publications: Paper and Internet
Concern was expressed about our ability to track NCSL publications that do not appear in paper, but are only published on the Internet. Rita will work on internal communications about publications so that a complete list can be provided in the NEWSLINE. If you have problems getting materials from the Health Policy Tracking Service, tell them you're on the key contacts list. Dick Merritt is the main contact.

Suggestions for professional development topics
The group discussed other possible professional development topics. Ideas included: surveys (on services, subscriptions, etc.); budget planning; decisions on keeping hard copy of materials available on the Web.

Nan Bowers reported on the LSCC meeting and referred us back to Diane Bolender's report. Nan will be serving on the task force on promoting NCSL services for legislators and staff. Packets of materials for orientation sessions are available. The task force is interested in reaching out to staff who are not aware of NCSL and in making the Web page more user friendly. The CD that was produced 1 1/2 years ago apparently was not very effective (few remembered it) and may well be dated now. The 'MyNCSL' capability on the Web site has not proven very useful except to create a personal agenda for the Annual Meeting. The capability of sending an e-mail when there are new publications is being investigated. One goal is to show bill status for all 50 states, but differing technologies are a problem with this project.

Johanne is serving on the LSCC Task Force for Promoting Professional Development for legislative staff. Problems with retention of staff and diversity of staff reflecting the population of the state served, have continued to be issues addressed by the task force. Results of a survey on why people choose to work for a state legislature were published in the June 2000 issue of State Legislatures. Other ideas include CLE credits for attorneys and online services for people unable to attend Annual Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:30 am, CST.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Furbush, Secretary

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)
Task Force on Promoting Professional Development for Staff

by Johanne Greer

Part of the duties of the chair of the LRL staff section entails membership on the LSCC, which then includes membership on one of the task forces that are formed each year. I am assigned to the task force for Promoting Professional Development for Staff. We began the meeting reviewing last year's activities of the Staff Development Task Force. There were more than 1,000 legislative staff responses to a Web-based survey on recruitment and retention of legislative staff.

Although the results of the survey were published in the June 2000 issue of State Legislatures, the survey is still available online and has had recent activity. It was decided that it would be taken down for a short period to be modified and enhanced, then the article in State Legislatures would be reviewed against the new data. Plans are underway to produce a brochure that will assist legislative agencies to recruit and retain staff. The issue of diversity in legislative staffing will continue to be addressed, as the staff should be a reflection of the population of the state it serves.

The task force has an aggressive agenda for the coming year. Other issues that will be addressed include the use of technology and NCSL on-line services to expand access of information to those unable to attend meetings; establishing a mission statement, goals and expectations for legislative staff offices and development and assessment of performance of legislative staff agencies; provide staff attendees with continuing education credits at professional development seminars, ASI and Annual Meeting sessions; and encourage staff sections to combine Professional Development Seminars (which the librarians did successfully with NALIT last year).

News from the States

from Suzy Hughes

If you're wondering if you'll ever use your liberal arts education, consider this. The David R. Poynter Legislative Research Library in Louisiana won second place in a Halloween contest at the State Capitol by taking Dante's INFERNO, and altering it just a bit. They called it "Charlie's Inferno" (the House Speaker's name is Charlie DeWitt) and painted their office windows like the different "layers" of poet, Alighieri Dante's conception of hell.

The Library Director, Suzy Hughes, had a large painting of the Speaker, dressed as the Grim Reaper on her door. Other offices displayed Legislative Limbo (cemetary stones labeled with upcoming Constitutional Amendments, teacher salary plans), Public Office Purgatory (recently convicted former governor's name and "others in a bit of hot water" were on the tombstones), House Bill Hades (tombs with controversial HB numbers and topics --initiative, etc.), Dead on Arrival, (a painted New Orleans mausoleum with the money-troubled Harrah's "land-based casino" etched upon it), and Rest in Peace (state health clinics that were closed down due to budget cuts and the Dept. of Economic Development, which is on the chopping block as well, due to an effort to privatize--all were represented on tall tombstones).

The judges were a group of legislators, most of whom had never visited our library, so it was a great way to get them up here and to get a glimpse of their less visible-yet imaginative and clever library staff.

What's New?

from Nan Bowers

Just plug in an address to view federal and state legislators. It seems it was set up for Oregon, but works for any address.
Thank you to Oregon's legislative site.

A Listserv Query
from Karen Stewart, Colorado

The week of October 12, I posted a list of five questions to the LRL listserv. Several people asked that I post the results. Twenty-five libraries responded. Here are the figures I used in my report to our management. I really appreciate your help in getting me this information. Thanks.

  1. What department is your library under?

  2. State Library - 3
    Legislature - 20
    Other Department - 2
  3. May the public, executive, judicial branches use your library? Who are the principal users?

  4. Yes, all may use the library - 21
    No, restricted use - 3
    Principal users - legislators and staff - 21 (some did not answer this question)
  5. Size of staff

  6. 1-5 - 13
    6-10 - 4
    11-15 - 4
    16-20 - 1
    21-25 - 1
    26-30 - 2
  7. Collection Elements

  8. All libraries reported many of the same elements: legal materials, codes of regulations, state documents, reports from other states, reports from own state agencies, historical materials, newspaper clippings.
  9. Are you in the capitol?

  10. Some are in both the capitol and legislative building. The ones not in the captiol are usually in the office building that houses the office of one or both houses or if the library is in a completely different building, the legislator's offices are also outside of the capitol.
    (Not everyone answered this question.)
    Yes, in the capitol - 17
    No, not in the capitol - 12
    Courier service - 3


Previous PDSs
from Beth Furbush

On the bus to New Orleans, several of us tried to pool our memories and list the past locations of LRL professional development seminars. We came up with:

'89 - Denver, CO
'90 - Columbus, OH
'91 - DC
'92 - Minneapolis, MN
'93 - Austin, TX
'94 - Denver, CO
'95 - Albany, NY
'96 - DC
'97 - Santa Fe, NM
'98 - Harrisburg, PA
'99 - Sacramento, CA
'00 - Baton Rouge, LA
We've printed this draft list in NEWSLINE to see if we get any corrections from other people's memories. We are putting out a request that material relating to these seminars be sent to Irene Stone, California Research Bureau, for the LRL scrapbook. Thank you.

Web Sites

This message was forwarded from Brian Weberg, Group Director of NCSL's Legislative Management Program.

Thought you'd find this interesting.
-----Original Message-----
From: Brager, Stephen <>
To: '' <>
Date: Sunday, October 01, 2000 2:41 PM
Subject: [parlamentoxxi] Web site with info on parliamentary libraries

I recently came upon a site that might be of interest. No doubt a number of
you--particularly those who work directly with legislative libraries--are
already aware of the site. In any case, the website of the International
Federation of Library Associations has papers (many of which are in more
than one language) from their annual conferences for the last 6-7 years

The following are just examples from this year's conference in Jerusalem

A list of past years' conferences can be found at

"The role of the research services in the modernization of the Mexican

"Issues for smaller legislative research services,"

"The creation of a Parliamentary Research Centre" [Cameroon]

The role of Parliamentary Libraries in Eastern Europe in ensuring public

access to government information: the case of Russia,"

"The workings of the Parliamentary Library in India: how it responds to the
needs for information and research support in the context of new

NCSL Publications

Copies of all NCSL publications listed here are available from the Marketing Department at 303/364-7700.


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State Legislative Reports

  • Education Standards, Assessment and Accountability, Vol.25, No.9
  • Expanding Commercial Wind Power in Four States, Vol.25, No.10
  • Commercial Wind Power and Bird Species, Vol.25, No.11
  • Wind Power Development: Policy Options, Vol.25, No.12


  • Telemarketing Regulation in the States, Vol.8, No.37
  • Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence, Vol.8, No.38
  • Tax and Landowner Revenues from Wind Power, Vol.8, No.39
  • Psychotropic Medication and Children, Vol.8, No.40
  • Nuclear Medicine, Vol.8, No.41
  • Obesity in America, Vol.8, No.42
  • Medical Errors, Vol.8, No.43
  • Streamlined Sales Tax for the New Economy, Vol.8, No.44
  • Funding Childhood Immunizations, Vol.8, No.45
  • Language Services Under SCHIP, Vol.8, No.46
  • NARAB and the Future of Insurance Regulation, Vol.8, No.47
  • Internet Coverage of Legislative Proceedings, Vol.8, No.48

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