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The Research Library's Role in Digital Repository Services: Final Report of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Digital Repository Issues Task Force was charged "to evaluate trends, contextualize repository activities among ARL libraries, and recommend leadership roles and activities for ARL." Institutional repositories are a common form of repository, but this report focuses more broadly on the full range of repositories. At the same time, it concentrates on repository services rather than repository technologies or content.

pdf repository-services-report-jan09.pdf

 
 

Framing the Issue: Open Access

A resource guide to assist and inform discussions of open access. It highlights the key points to consider in thinking about and discussing open access, gives examples of open access implementation, and provides sources for more information.

pdf framing-issue-open-access-may04.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

 
 

Briefing Paper: Key Elements of the NIH Molecular Libraries Initiative - The Molecular Libraries Screening Center Network and PubChem

In order to identify those small molecules that will have the greatest effect on a disease or biological process, NIH will soon be awarding grants to a number of academic centers throughout the United States that will constitute the Molecular Libraries Screening Center Network (MLSCN). Critical to the success of this initiative and the work of the Centers is PubChem, a publicly available database that includes information about the biological activities of chemical compounds.

pdf nih-molecular-lib-initiative-08jun05.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

 
 
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