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Library Associations Letter Supporting Nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks as US Public Printer (June 11, 2013)

On June 11, 2013, five major library associations—ARL, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA)—sent this letter to the US Senate Committee on Rules & Administration, supporting President Obama's nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States. The Public Printer oversees the US Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf ltr-lib-assns-support-d-vance-cooks-nom-public-printer-11june2013.pdf

 
 

Library Associations Letter re NAPA Proposal to Charge End-User Fees for FDsys (May 30, 2013)

On May 30, 2013, five major library associations—ARL, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA)—sent this letter to the Committee on House Administration, thanking them for rejecting the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) report recommendation that the US Government Printing Office (GPO) charge public user fees for access to government documents via the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

pdf ltr-library-associations-re-napa-fdsys-proposal-30may2013.pdf

 
 

Letter from US Department of Justice Declining to File Amicus Brief in Cambridge University Press v. Mark Becker (Feb. 22, 2013)

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) decided not to participate in the appeal of the case Cambridge University Press v. Mark Becker as amicus curiae. The case concerns the use at Georgia State University (GSU) of electronic course reserves (e-reserves) and electronic course sites to make excerpts from academic books available online to students enrolled in particular courses. It was widely reported that the US Copyright Office requested that the DOJ file an amicus brief either on the side of the publishers or as a neutral party. On February 22, 2013, the DOJ sent this letter to the court stating that the US Attorney General had decided not to file an amicus brief in the case.

pdf ltr-doj-re-gsu-ereserves-22feb13.pdf

 
 

Open Access Publication of Scientific Research - FY 2005 Appropriations

Dear Representatives Regula and Obey, Senators Specter and Harkin and Dr. Zerhouni:
Our organizations are volunteer and nonprofit HIV/AIDS treatment, vaccine, and prevention advocacy groups with a long history of community participation in all aspects of government and privately sponsored research to fight the AIDS pandemic. In that capacity, we support at July 16, 2004 House Appropriations Committee recommendation that NIH develop a policy requiring a complete electronic text of any manuscript reporting work funded by NIH grants or contracts be supplied to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central. (The specifics of that policy have yet to be announced or commented on publicly.) Furthermore, we support greater efforts to increase open access to medical research/scientific publications, especially for those studies or reviews funded by taxpayer dollars. We understand the House Committee calls on NIH to report by December 1, 2004 on how it intends to implement a policy.

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ARL Comments on NIH Public Access Policy

In this October 2004 letter, Prudence Adler writes on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries to express ARL's strong support for the NIH proposal to provide freely available online access to NIH-funded manuscripts via PubMed Central. There are many aspects of the NIH plan that ARL endorses and ARL applauds NIH's leadership in promoting this balanced initiative. 

nih-publicaccess-comments-29oct04.pdf

 
 
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