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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

 
   

Memorandum re: Principles for the Release of Scientific Research Results (May 28, 2008)

As called for by Section 1009 of the America COMPETES Act, the attached Principles provide guidance and direction to agencies regarding the release of scientific research results.

pdf ostp-scientific-research-28may08.pdf

 
   

ARL Comments on NIH Revised Public Access Policy

These comments on the revised NIH Public Access Policy are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Public support for science is enhanced when the public sees the benefits from our Nation's investment in scientific research. There is no doubt that scientific research is advanced by greater access to and dissemination of knowledge and the building upon the work of others.

pdf nih-public-access-arl-comments-may08.pdf

 
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. ARL strongly supports the "NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting From NIH Funded Research" (hereafter the NIH Public Access Policy). ARL members include many university libraries that support researchers on campuses who receive NIH funding. As a consequence, many ARL libraries are collaborating with others within their institution to ensure effective compliance with the revised Public Access Policy

pdf nih-comments-2008.pdf

 
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are made on the behalf of the Association of Research Libraries on the revised NIH Public Access Policy. ARL strongly supports the Policy and commends NIH for soliciting comments while moving ahead in a timely manner with this critically important congressionally approved policy. Most ARL libraries support researchers who receive NIH funding thus are collaborating with others to ensure effective compliance with the Policy. As is abundantly clear by the numerous comments filed by ARL members, there is strong support for the revised NIH Policy because it is integrally tied to the mission of higher education.

pdf nih-comments-revised-30mar08.pdf

 
 

Memorandum re: Removal or Destruction of Federal Depository Library Documents (Mar. 13, 2002)

In October 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey requested that the Government Printing Office instruct Federal Depository Libraries that received a CD-ROM on characteristics of large surface-water supplies in the United States to destroy their copies. Shortly thereafter, the Superintendent of Documents ordered those libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program to withdraw this item and immediately destroy it. Subsequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited several Federal Depository Libraries to determine whether that order had been carried out. This occurred without consultation with the GPO or the Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.). This series of events, and the prospect that in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack there may be additional requests for removal or destruction of federal materials by Federal Depository Libraries (FDLs), raises a number of questions of interest and importance to librarians. This memorandum sets forth below, in a question-and-answer format, the answers to many of those questions.

pdf susman_fdlp_march02.pdf

 
     

Letter to Richard G. Davis re: GPO Summary Report: Digitization Demonstration Project (Nov. 2, 2007)

These comments on the GPO Summary Report: Digitization Demonstration Project are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries to commend the GPO for engaging in the pilot digitization project.

pdf lt-david-gpo-digdemo-02nov07.pdf

 
   

Letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell re: NIH Public Access Policy (Sept. 19, 2007)

Letter from the Net Coalition requesting support for adoption ofthe National Institutes of Health's public access policy as part of S. 1710, the FY2008 Labor, Heath, and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, or any other appropriate legislation.

pdf lt-netcoalition-public-access-19sep07.pdf

 
 

Letter to NARA re: NARA Agreement with iArchives (Sept. 10, 2007)

This letter provides comments by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) agreement with iArchives. Under terms of the agreement, iArchives will digitize selected NARA records. While ARL appreciates that the agreement will result in more public domain federal resources becoming accessible, the manner in which NARA entered into the agreement and some provisions in the agreement raise a number of concerns.

pdf nara-iarchives-10sep07.pdf

 
     

Letter to NARA Vision re: Proposed Digitization Agreement between NARA and GSU (Aug. 29, 2007)

This letter provides comments by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on the Proposed Digitization Agreement between the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU).

pdf nara-gsu-29aug07.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

 
           

Letter to ARL re: Comment on NARA/iArchives agreement (Apr. 27, 2007)

Letter from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in response to ARL's comment on the NARA/iArchives agreement.

pdf nara-iarchives-27april07.pdf

 
   

Short Talking Points on PubChem/CAS Issue

PubChem is a free, publicly available database created by NIH in 2004 to provide information about small molecules for use as research tools and as potential starting points that may lead to the development of new medications. The database connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information in a connect-the-dots fashion, organizing facts in numerous public databases into a unified whole.

pdf pubchem-cas-talkingpoints.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Depository Libraries: Summary of Likert Analysis

Use of the Likert scale in the ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Federal Depository Libraries provides a current snapshot of Regional and Selective Depository Libraries. Regional respondents were asked to respond to 21 statements, Selectives were asked to respond to 19 statements.

pdf 2003fdlp-surveyfindings.pdf

 
 

Presentation for ARL Directors on the Survey of ARL Depository Libraries: The Likert Scale

This survey was sent to all ARL Selective Depository Libraries and to all Regional Depository Libraries (the majority of which are also ARL Libraries). It was designed to enable ARL to study the current problems, successes, and future of the Federal Depository Library Program with a total concentration on research libraries. The Likert scale discussed here provides us with a current snapshot of both types of Depository Libraries.

pdf speckit-fdlpsurvey-likert.pdf

 
 
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