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ARL Letter to FCC Regarding Access to Materials During Shutdowns

On Monday, December 2, ARL joined others in the library community in submitting a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in regards to making its primary legal materials and publicly available comments accessible via the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System, FDsys "in the event of a government shutdown or other circumstances that force the Commission's website offline."

pdf Letter to the FCC (PDF)

 
 

Library Associations Letter Supporting Nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks as US Public Printer (June 11, 2013)

On June 11, 2013, five major library associations—ARL, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA)—sent this letter to the US Senate Committee on Rules & Administration, supporting President Obama's nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States. The Public Printer oversees the US Government Printing Office (GPO).

pdf ltr-lib-assns-support-d-vance-cooks-nom-public-printer-11june2013.pdf

 
 

Library Associations Letter re NAPA Proposal to Charge End-User Fees for FDsys (May 30, 2013)

On May 30, 2013, five major library associations—ARL, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA)—sent this letter to the Committee on House Administration, thanking them for rejecting the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) report recommendation that the US Government Printing Office (GPO) charge public user fees for access to government documents via the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

pdf ltr-library-associations-re-napa-fdsys-proposal-30may2013.pdf

 
 

Letter to Sunstein Regarding Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities (Apr. 30, 2012)

Letter in support of the comments filed by Public.resources.org concerning "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities."

pdf ltsunsteinibr-30apr12.pdf

 
   

Letter to Andrew M. Sherman re: FDLP concerns (Jan. 20, 2012)

Letter from library directors to Government Printing Office representative regarding a multi-state regional depository proposal advanced by the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota Libraries, and the GPO's position on comprehensive collecting by regional depository libraries.

pdf fdlp_umdumnufl_response_20jan12.pdf

 
 

Letter to Patricia A. Steele re: Concerns with FDLP (Dec. 9, 2011)

Letter from Senator Benjamin Cardin and enclosed letter from Goverment Printing Office (GPO) in response to concerns abou the Federal Depository Library Program.

pdf fdlp_cardin_sherman_ltrs_dec11.pdf

 
     

31 Regional Depository Libraries Write to GPO to Voice Concern re: FDLP Issues

Letters from coordinators of regional depository libraries expressing concern over GPO's responses to two initiatives within the FDLP system.

pdf FDLP-letter-to-gpo-19oct11.pdf

 
 
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