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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 Digital Rights

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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 Senate re: opposition to the Senator Inhofe amendments (#3416 and #3417) to the FY 2008 Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, S.1710 (Oct. 22, 2007)

pdf ltr-senate-inhofe-amend-22oct07.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

 
   

Issue Brief: AAP PR Campaign against Open Access and Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Update re the PRISM Coalition

pdf issue-brief-aap-pr-prism-2007.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

 
 

Letter to House re: Support for timely online access to articles reporting the results of government-funded research (July 16, 2007)

Letter from library associations concerning the FY08 Labor/HHS/Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

pdf ltr_to_house_re_nih_16july07.pdf

 
 

Letter to Senate re: Support for timely online access to articles reporting the results of government-funded research (July 16, 2007)

Letter from library associations concerning the FY08 Labor/HHS/Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

pdf ltr_to_senate_re_nih_16july07.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 Richard G. Davis and Cynthia Etkin re: support for the draft Guidelines, Establishing Shared Regional Depository Libraries (Jun. 5, 2007)

Letter from ARL in support of the addition of $2 million in the FY 2008 Senate, State, Foreign Operations and Related Program appropriations bill.

pdf ltgpo-rreg-05jun07.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2007 (Spring): Outreach Strategies for Campus Conversations on Access to Federally Funded Research [session description]

Proceedings of the 150th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2007.

pdf mm07sp-outreach.pdf

 
 

The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006: Campus FAQ

Addresses questions such as, "What does the legislation entail?" and "Who does it affect?"

pdf frpaa-campusfaq-2006.pdf

 
 

An Open Letter to the Higher Education Community re: Senate Bill 2695, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (FRPAA)

Letter from higher education leaders encouraging the community to support FRPAA.

pdf lt-frpaa-endorse-2006.pdf

 
 

The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (Cornyn-Lieberman): Frequently Asked Questions

Addresses questions such as, "What does this bill do?" and "Why is public access important?"

pdf frpaa-faq-2006.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

 
 

Issue Brief: PubChem and the American Chemical Society

pdf issue-brief-pubchem-2005.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

 
 

ARL Survey of Regional 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 Depository Libraries. Regional respondents were asked to respond to 21 statements.

pdf fdlp-likert-regional-results.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of ARL Selective Depository Libraries - Summary of Likert Analysis

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

pdf fdlp-selective-depository-libraries-survey.pdf

 
 

Fall Forum 2006: Rights Management for Public Access: Engaging and Supporting Faculty at MIT

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

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Fall Forum 2006: Universities Rethink Publishing

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Strategies." Sarah E. Thomas presents on the DPubS Digital Publishing System.

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Fall Forum 2006: Faculty Copyright Management: University of California Strategies

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

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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.

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Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Practical Strategies: Welcoming Remarks

Welcoming remarks from the October 2006 forum co-sponsored by AAU, ARL, CNI, NASULGC, and SPARC.

pdf joseph-public-access-remarks-20oct06.pdf

 
 
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