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Letter to Lawrence Small re: Smithsonian on Demand--Showtime Networks Contract (Apr. 7, 2006)

Letter from Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies expressing concern with the agreement between the Smithsonian and Showtime, granting the network near-exclusive rights to Smithsonian content.

pdf lt-small-smithsonian-27apr06.pdf


Letter to Steve Leggett re: comments in support of a study on the current state of recorded sound preservation in the United States (Jan. 26, 2007)

This statement is submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in response to the request by the Library of Congress for comments in support of a study on the current state of recorded sound preservation in the United States. Sound recordings are a critically important part of our Nation's cultural and educational landscape. As a consequence, the scope of these collections within the ARL community is significant and diverse. Unfortunately, these collections are also in various stages of risk.

pdf lt-leggett-avmaterials-study-26jan07.pdf


Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century Interim Summary

In June 2009, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka S+R to propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program ("FDLP" or the "Program") in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. New approaches must take advantage of the opportunities presented by today's digital and networking technologies to deliver services to users more effectively, more broadly, and at lower cost. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed more than 80 individuals from 30 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations. The FDLP serves a variety of needs across a number of communities, and in this project Ithaka S+R has taken a systemwide perspective in an attempt to understand the needs of all stakeholders. This summary presents a high-level overview of the project's interim findings and recommendations.

pdf summary-ithaka-fdlp-09.pdf


Short Talking Points on PubChem/CAS Issue

PubChem is a free, publicly available database created by NIH in 2004 to provide information about small molecules for use as research tools and as potential starting points that may lead to the development of new medications. The database connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information in a connect-the-dots fashion, organizing facts in numerous public databases into a unified whole.

pdf pubchem-cas-talkingpoints.pdf


Letter to Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett re: nomination of Robert C. Tapella as Public Printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO (Sept. 11, 2007)

Letter from ARL expressing the qualifications needed and challenges faced by the Public Printer and supporting the nomination of Robert Tapella as Public Printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf lt-tapella-nomination-gpo-11sep07.pdf


The ALA and ARL Position on Access and Digital Preservation: A Response to the Section 108 Study Group

In response to issues raised by initiatives such as the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), in spring 2005 the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress convened the Section 108 Study Group. The Study Group is charged to investigate whether Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which grants exceptions to libraries and archives, should be updated to better address the use of digital technologies and networked-based resources.

pdf dig-preservation-study-response-09nov06.pdf


Letter to Chairman Dicks and Ranking Member Simpson Regarding NEH Funding for FY2009

On behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA), we write to express strong support for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf lt-dicks-simpson-neh-10budget.pdf

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