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Closing the Innovation Deficit: Some Progress but Much More Needed

close-the-innovation-deficit-uncle-sam-graphicClose the Innovation Deficit One year after they launched a campaign to urge the US Congress and the President to close the nation’s innovation deficit, a group of prominent higher education, scientific, and business organizations, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), today renewed their call for increased federal investments in research to build a strong long-term economy, improve medical treatments, and strengthen national security. As Congress prepares to break for its August recess, leaving key FY 2015 funding decisions to be addressed in September, leaders from those organizations today are conducting a coordinated nationwide effort to communicate the need to close the innovation deficit.

 
 

ARL Joins Coalition in Urging Senators to Close Innovation Deficit

close-the-innovation-deficit-video-screenshotClose the Innovation DeficitOn April 29, 2014, the US Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing on the “innovation deficit” in which the heads of the nation’s major research agencies jointly testified on the need for federal research investments to drive innovation and economic growth. ARL joined a group of 50 leading business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations in submitting written testimony (PDF) that urged members of the committee to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to close the innovation deficit.

 
 

Appropriations Bill Restores Some Funding, Requires Public Access to Federally Funded Research

us-capitol-snowy-duskimage © Katie HarbathThe US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 16, 2014, approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which will fund the federal government through FY 2014. President Obama signed the legislation, averting yet another government shut down. The Consolidated Appropriations Act restores some but not all of the budget lines cut in the sequester.

 
 

Letter to Congress Urging to End Sequestration

On Wednesday, December 4, ARL joined 469 national organizations in urging the US Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction, citing that "Nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities and neighbors" and that "these programs have been cut dramatically and disproportionately in recent years as lawmakers work to reduce the deficit."

pdf Letter to Congress (PDF)

 
 

National Organizations Urge Congress to Stop Sequestration

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn Wednesday, December 4, ARL joined 469 national organizations in a letter (PDF) urging the US Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. The organizations stated, “the budget conference opens a critical window to finally enact a responsible fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget that replaces sequestration and reinvests in our eroding national priorities…The deficit reduction enacted over the past few years has come overwhelmingly from discretionary spending cuts at ratios far beyond those recommended by bipartisan, deficit reduction groups of experts…relief from sequestration must be equally balanced between NDD (nondefense discretionary) and defense programs, as strong investments in both NDD and defense programs are necessary to keep our country competitive, safe, and secure.”

 
 

Higher Education Organizations Letter to US Congressional Budget Committee (Nov. 1, 2013)

On November 1, 2013, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and more than 30 other organizations in a letter to the chairs of the US congressional committee deliberating a budget agreement. The letter states, “as you begin your discussions on a budget agreement for FY14, the higher education associations listed below encourage you to pursue two key goals: 1) eliminating the FY14 sequester reductions; and 2) placing a high priority on the investments that will build our economy in both the short and long term."

pdf ltr-higher-ed-orgs-to-us-budget-cmte-1nov2013.pdf

 
 

Coalition Letter to US Senate Commerce Committee on COMPETES Act (Oct. 9, 2013)

On October 9, 2013, ARL joined more than 300 universities and businesses; higher education associations; and nonprofit, industry, and research organizations in a letter to US Senate Commerce Committee leadership supporting reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. The COMPETES Act promotes innovation through research and development to improve the competitiveness of the United States. The legislation is focused on the activities and programs of several agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

pdf ltr-to-senate-commerce-cmte-on-competes-act-9oct2013.pdf

 
 

Sequester Unpacked: Video Explains Impact of Federal Budget Cuts

ndd-united-sequester-video-screenshotNDD United: Stop the Cuts videoNDD United—a campaign representing 3,200 organizations, including ARL, working to stop budget cuts to core US government functions—has released a 3-minute video that explains the impact of disproportionate cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, including education, employment and training, research, public health, public safety, housing, social services, infrastructure, and environmental protection.

 
 

Sequestration and Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) Programs Letter (July 12, 2012)

The nearly 3000 undersigned national, state, and local organizations—representing the hundreds of millions of Americans who support and benefit from nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs—strongly urge a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs, which have already done their part to reduce the deficit.

pdf ndd-letter-12july2012.pdf

 
   

Letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Robert B. Aderholt re: GPO funding FY2011 (Feb. 25, 2010)

Letter from library associations in support of the FY2011 appropriations request of $166,560,000 for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf ltgpo-2011approps-25feb10.pdf

 
 

Letter to Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, Committee on Appropriations re: Government Printing Office (GPO) appropriations request (Apr. 1, 2008)

Library association letter in support of the FY 2009 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf gpo-approps-ltr-01apr08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Dianne Feinstein and Wayne Allard re: funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access (Jun. 19, 2008)

Letter from ARL and ALA expressing support for full funding of $18.380 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf neh-senate-ltr-08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Dianne Feinstein and Wayne Allard re: FY 2009 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (Jun. 19, 2008)

Letter from library and higher education associations in support of the proposed FY 2009 funding of $160 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an increase of $15.3 million above the current year's enacted level.

pdf senjointltr_neh08jun19.pdf

 
 

Letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz re: Library of Congress (LC) Budget FY2009 (Apr. 4, 2008)

Letter from library associations in support of the fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget request of $645.8 million for the Library of Congress.

pdf schultz-lc-funding-040408.pdf

 
 

Letter to Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, Committee on Appropriations re: Government Printing Office (GPO) appropriations request (Apr. 24, 2009)

Library association letter in support of the FY 2010 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf gpo-approps-24apr09.pdf

 
 

Letter to Rosa DeLauro re: FY2009 appropriation for the National Agricultural Library (NAL) (Mar. 20, 2008)

Letter from library associations in support of a Fiscal Year 2009 appropriation for the National Agricultural Library (NAL) that will ensure that the Library can effectively serve the information needs of agricultural researchers, farmers, agriculture extension agents, educators, and the public throughout the country.

pdf nal-lt-20mar08.pdf

 
     

Letter to Norman D. Dicks re: FY2008 budget request for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (Apr. 18, 2007)

Letter from ARL and CLIR requesting that the Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies support funding of $177 million for FY 2008 for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an increase of $36 million above the FY 2007 level.

pdf neh_jnt_ltr_041807.pdf

 
 

Letter to Mary Landrieu re: Library of Congress (LC) Budget FY2008 (Apr. 12, 2007)

Letter from library associations in support of the fiscal year 2008 budget request of $703.339 million ($661.616 million in appropriations and $41.723 million in authority to use receipts) for the Library of Congress (LC).

pdf lt-landrieu-lc-08budget-12apr07.pdf

 
 

Issues in Scholarly Communication: Discussion Leader's Guide: Increasing Access to Publicly Funded Research

These guides are tools designed for library leaders to use for organizing a summer- or semester-long discussion series. Each guide offers a brief scoping statement, a suggested reading or resource to review, and a set of discussion questions to launch an hour-long informal conversation among library staff.

pdf brown-bag-research-may08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Mary L. Landrieu re: In strong support of the request to restore $21.5 million in funding for the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP)(Apr. 3, 2007)

Letter from library associations in strong support of the request to restore $21.5 million in funding for the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Library of Congress FY 2008 request.

pdf lt-senate-ndiipp-approps-fy08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz re: Request to restore funding for the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) (Mar. 29, 2007)

Letter from library associations in support of the request to restore $21.5 million in funding for the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Library of Congress FY 2008 request.

pdf lt-house-ndiipp-29mar07.pdf

 
 

Letter to Senate re: FY 2008 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) (Mar. 21, 2007)

Letter from library associations in support of the FY2008 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf lt-senate-gpo-approps-fy08.pdf

 
 

Fall Forum 2006: The Public Access Policy

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Strategies." Introduction to the NIH Public Access Policy.

ppt ff06-bravo.ppt

 
 

Letter to Jerry Lewis re: Government Printing Office (GPO) appropriations request (Aug. 22, 2006)

Library association letter in support of the FY 2007 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf gpo_jnt_ltr_house_22aug06.pdf

 
 

Letter to Wayne Allard re: Government Printing Office (GPO) appropriations request (Aug. 22, 2006)

Library association letter in support of the FY 2007 appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf gpo_jnt_ltr_senate_22aug06.pdf

 
 

Letter to Ralph Regula re: FY 2006 budget request for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (May 4, 2005)

This letter is submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of the FY 2006 budget request of $262,240,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and in particular, the $221,325,000 request for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) that includes the $14,000,000 requested for National Leadership Grants for Libraries and $26,000,000 for Librarians for the 21st Century.

pdf lt-regula-imls-06budget-04may05.pdf

 
 

Letter to Conrad Burns re: FY2007 budget request for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (Apr. 4, 2006)

Letter from ARL and CLIR in support of the FY2007 budget request of $140.955 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

pdf neh_jnt_ltr_040406.pdf

 
 
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