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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

 
   

Institutional Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: Ensuring Deposit Rights

Background documents for a webcast on institutional compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

pdf nih-webcast-resources-07mar08.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

 
 
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