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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

 
 
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