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PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy

This paper, in an effort to help authors make informed choices about their rights, compares and contrasts how the agreements of 12 publishers permit authors to meet the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy and share their works while they are under embargo.

pdf grillot-pubmed-aug08.pdf

 
 

Re: Provisions within Title 44, United States Code, requiring modification in order to facilitate the sharing of resources and responsibilities, primarily the sharing of publication collections, among federal regional depository libraries.

Opinion concerning the sections of Title 44 of the United States Code that would require legislative modifications in order to allow for the sharing of resources and responsibilities among the nation's federal regional depository libraries.

pdf memo-zagami-title44-07jul08.pdf

 
 

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

 
 

Letter to Richard G. Davis and Cynthia Etkin re: comments regarding the draft Government Printing Office (GPO) study, Regional Depository Libraries in the 21st Century: A Time for Change? (Jun. 10, 2008)

pdf ltgpo-regcom-10jun08.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

 
 

Membership Meeting 2008 (Spring): NIH Public Access Policy: Campus Implementation Strategies

Proceedings of the 152nd ARL Membership Meeting, May 2008.

pps mm08sp-giesecke.pps

 
 

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

 
 

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

ppt public-access-nih-webcast.ppt

 
 

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

 
 
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