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ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors voted in support of a resolution introduced by its Scholarly Communication Steering Committee to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the Board encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors. The Board adopted this position at the ARL Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas, on May 22, 2009. This statement was released June 5, 2009.

pdf arl-encourages-members-to-refrain-from-signing-nondisclosure-or-confidentiality-clauses-2009.pdf

 
   

ALA, ARL, ACRL Host Meeting of Experts to Discuss Google Book Search Settlement

Members of library community discussed the implications of the Google Book Search settlement in a meeting hosted on February 9, 2009, in Washington, DC, by the American Library Association Washington Office, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College & Research Libraries.

pdf gbs-dc-meeting-summary12feb09.pdf

 
 

Public Access to the Published Results of Publicly Funded Research Will Benefit the Economy, Science, and Health

Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research with the expectation that the results will accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, stimulate innovation, and improve the public good. These research results typically are reported in articles published in a wide variety of academic journals. However, the high cost of journal subscriptions and restrictive licensing terms severely limits public access to these articles. Because U.S. taxpayers underwrite this research, they have a right to expect its dissemination and use will be maximized.

pdf patransitionoawg.pdf

 
 

Establish a Universal, Open Library or Digital Data Commons

Deepening our understanding of our nation and its culture and history, advancing scientific discovery, tackling environmental, economic issues, and more, all depend on scientists, researchers, students, scholars, and members of the public accessing our nation's cultural, historical, and scientific assets. A large-scale initiative to digitize and preserve the public domain collections of library, governmental, and cultural memory organizations will support research, teaching, and learning at all levels, will help stem the current economic crisis by equipping and employing workers in every state with 21st Century skills, and it will lay a foundation for innovation and national competitiveness in the decades ahead. The goal is to establish a universal, open library or a digital data commons.

pdf open-lib-dig-commons-statement-jan09.pdf

 
 

A Pro-Library Copyright Agenda

Statement from the The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) regarding U.S. copyright policy.

pdf lca-copyright-agenda-statement-dec08.pdf

 
 

"Restoring the Rule of Law" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing titled, "Restoring the Rule of Law" held on September 16, 2008.

pdf testimony-ruleoflaw-23sept08.pdf

 
 

NIH Public Access Policy Does Not Affect U.S. Copyright Law

Analysis from ARL and SPARC asserting that the NIH Public Access Policy is fully consistent with the United States Copyright Act, has no relation to the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement, is consistent with the trend among the United States' trading partners to make publicly funded research articles freely available on the Internet, and is fully consistent with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

pdf nihpolicy_copyright_july2008.pdf

 
 

"FISA Amendments: How to Protect Americans' Security and Privacy and Preserve the Rule of Law and Government Accountability" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Amendments: How to Protect Americans' Security and Privacy and Preserve the Rule of Law and Government Accountability" on October 31, 2007.

pdf fisa-statement-31oct07.pdf

 
 

Protecting Privacy & Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) (the "Libraries") seek language in the RESTORE Act and other FISA modernization proposals that ensures judicial review of law enforcement requests for library patron records or surveillance of library users through library networks.

pdf protecting-privacy-22oct07.pdf

 
 

Fix the Critical Infrastructure Information Subtitle in the Homeland Security Act of 2002

The undersigned organizations are concerned about the current language for Critical Infrastructure Information in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which contains ambiguous definitions that could unintentionally allow companies to keep broad categories of information secret and provisions that restrict the government's ability to use the information.

pdf fix-foia-statement-2002.pdf

 
 

The Protect America Act and Libraries

The Protect America Act (PAA) has broad implications for libraries and library users. As Congress considers amending the Act prior to its sunset, the library community (the "LC") asks that its interest, and those of its users, be protected in the final bill language by requiring a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") to access the facilities of, or to obtain other information from, libraries in the United States.

pdf paa-and-libraries-5oct07.pdf

 
 

Research Libraries' Enduring Responsibility for Preservation

Collectively ARL libraries hold more than 470 million print volumes. These works are complemented by many digital works and special collections. Preservation has long been an area of significant activity both for ARL and its member libraries. In 2007, the ARL Task Force on the Future of Preservation in Research Libraries convened a group of preservation experts and association leaders who issued a set of recommendations for ARL, associations sharing ARL’s preservation concerns, and ARL member libraries. This statement, approved by the ARL Board of Directors on July 24, 2007, expresses the emphasis the task force sees for research libraries and their preservation mission: “For the scholars and researchers we serve to have enduring access to scholarship in all formats, ARL members libraries must invest in maintaining strong local and cooperative preservation programs.”

pdf preservation-responsibility-24july07.pdf

 
 

Mandatory Public Access to Federally Funded Research Does Not Violate Copyright Obligations

Statement from ARL, SPARC, and ALA refuting the argument of several publishers of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals who argued that proposed legislative changes to the NIH Public Access Policy would violate U.S. treaty obligations under Article 13 of TRIPS and Article 9 of the Berne Convention, and potentially constitute a "compulsory license."

pdf public-access-statement-nih-july07.pdf

 
 

Library Copyright Alliance Supports Orphan Works Reform

Orphan works are works whose copyright owners cannot be identified and located. Libraries and archives possess millions of orphan works in their collections, in the form of photographs, letters, manuscripts, drawings, and older books. These works often have great historic and cultural significance. However, because the copyright owners cannot be located, libraries cannot obtain the rights holders' permission to make these works widely available to the public. This leaves libraries on the horns of a dilemma. Libraries can either disseminate the works and face the risk of the copyright owners demanding statutory damages and injunctive relief; or leave the works in archives, where few people can see them.

pdf orphanworkslcasupports.pdf

 
 

ARL Endorses Recommendations of CLIR Report on E-Journal Archiving

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) endorsed the recommendations made in the report, “E-Journal Archiving Metes and Bounds: A Survey of the Landscape,” written by Anne R. Kenney, Richard Entlich, Peter B. Hirtle, Nancy Y. McGovern, and Ellie L. Buckley, and published in 2006 by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The ARL Board endorsed the recommendations in the CLIR report at its February 8–9, 2007, meeting in Washington, DC. This statement was released on February 14, 2007. 

pdf arl-endorses-recommendations-of-clir-report-on-e-journal-archiving-2007.pdf

 
 

Library Copyright Alliance Strongly Supports HR 1201, the FAIR USE Act (Feb. 7, 2007)

Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) press release in support of the introduction of the Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing US Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act of 2007, HR 1201.

pdf lca_fair_use_feb07.pdf

 
 

Cornyn Remarks on Federal Research Public Access Act

Senator Cornyn introduces the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, "legislation that will refine the work done by NIH and require that the federal government's leading underwriters of research adopt meaningful public access policies."

pdf remarks-cornyn-frpaa-02may06.pdf

 
 

Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals

This statement arose out of a 2005 meeting of library leaders hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals.

pdf ejournal-preservation-15oct05.pdf

 
 

ARL Endorses Digitization as an Acceptable Preservation Reformatting Option

ARL has endorsed digitization as an accepted preservation reformatting option for a range of materials. This endorsement comes from the work of the ARL Preservation Committee, and this statement was released on July 20, 2004.

pdf arl-endorses-digitization-as-an-acceptable-preservation-reformatting-option-2004.pdf

 
 

Libraries Support H.R. 107, Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act

H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act, is needed to restore a proper balance in copyright law between the rights of copyright users and the rights of copyright owners--a balance that is essential to the future conduct of research and education in the digital age.

pdf 107libstatement23june04.pdf

 
 

Personal Technology Freedom Coalition Created

Press release announcing that a broad group of organizations and companies representing diverse sectors of the U.S. economy has come together to form a new organization, the Personal Technology Freedom Coalition.

pdf pr-personal-tech-freedom-coal-22jun04.pdf

 
   

Library Community Opposes Bill to Restrict Access to Data [press release]

Speaking on behalf of five of the nation's leading library organization—the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association—Prudence S. Adler, Associate Executive Director, ARL, voiced the opposition of the library community to the recently introduced "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (H.R. 3261).

pdf hr3261-pressrelease-20oct03.pdf

 
   

Special Collections Statement of Principles: Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections

This statement of principles, "Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections," was prepared by the ARL Task Force on Special Collections in December 2002 and endorsed by the ARL Board of Directors on February 6, 2003.

pdf special-collections-statement-of-principles-2003.pdf

 
 

The Responsibility of Research Libraries for Preservation

In this statement, approved by the ARL Board of Directors on May 24, 2002, the members of ARL reaffirm their commitment to preservation as one of the fundamental responsibilities of the research library community.

pdf responsibility-of-research-libraries-for-preservation-2002.pdf

 
   

Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing (a.k.a. the Tempe Principles)

The "Tempe Principles" were agreed to by the undersigned individuals as a result of a meeting held in Tempe, Arizona, on March 2-4, 2000. Sponsored by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Merrill Advanced Studies Center of the University of Kansas, the meeting was held to facilitate discussion among the various academic stakeholders in the scholarly publishing process and to build consensus on a set of principles that could guide the transformation of the scholarly publishing system.

pdf tempe-principles-10may10.pdf

 
 

Statement of Patricia A. Wand before the Subcommittee on Legislative, House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2001 Appropriations for the Library of Congress.

Statement supporting the Library of Congress request of $428.1 million for FY 2001 (including the authority to obligate $33.6 million in receipts) representing an 11.4% increase in the Library's budget.

pdf wand-statement-loc-01budget.pdf

 
 
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