White Paper: Strategic Directions for the Federal Depository Library Program
White paper concerning the future of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). ARL argues that the FDLP strategic planning process should lead to a flexible, sustainable, reconfigured program that reflects the needs and interests of users of government information and participating libraries; embraces the digital networked environment; and importantly, encourages collaborative network-based services while ensuring a smooth and orderly transition to a new program framework.
Letter to House Committee on the Judiciary re: Opposition to Research Works Act (Feb. 13, 2009)
Letter from higher education and library association asking the House to oppose H.R. 801, "The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act," and support the worldwide move toward open, public access to the results of publicly funded research.
Public Access to the Published Results of Publicly Funded Research Will Benefit the Economy, Science, and Health
Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research with the expectation that the results will accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, stimulate innovation, and improve the public good. These research results typically are reported in articles published in a wide variety of academic journals. However, the high cost of journal subscriptions and restrictive licensing terms severely limits public access to these articles. Because U.S. taxpayers underwrite this research, they have a right to expect its dissemination and use will be maximized.
Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force
In 2009 the Association of Research Libraries is renewing its strategic plan. The plan that will result from this effort will guide the Association in setting priorities and organizing its activities for the next several years, a time that is expected to present unprecedented challenges and concomitant opportunities to research libraries. To support the work of the Strategic Planning Task Force, ARL senior staff have initiated an environmental scanning exercise to identify trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of the Association. The report considers not only challenges, but also opportunities.
Future Directions for the Federal Depository Library Program
Discusses the need to identify a sustainable framework that will provide access to and preservation of government information in the years ahead.
"Restoring the Rule of Law" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing titled, "Restoring the Rule of Law" held on September 16, 2008.
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.
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.
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).
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)