Nov 18, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
A message from Kara Malenfant, ACRL's Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives:
Currently circulating in U.S. Congress is the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) Act. One provision of the bill – Section 302 – would undercut federal agencies’ ability to effectively implement the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, undermine the public access program pioneered by the National Institutes of Health, and put the U.S. at a severe disadvantage among our global competitors.
Earlier this week, ACRL joined with 10 other national and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations to express our strong opposition to this language in a letter to Congress (see http://sparc.arl.org/sites/default/files/OAWG%20FIRST%20Letter_0.pdf). ACRL’s legislative agenda includes increased access to federally funded research as one of our top issues.
We encourage you to let your members of Congress know that you oppose language in the proposed FIRST Act to delay public access. Learn more, read talking points and take action at http://www.sparc.arl.org/advocacy/national/first.
Sep 26, 2013
The 2013 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on three issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take action on in the year ahead:
New this year, the agenda includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Legislation on these issues is not likely to arise and, moreover, ACRL does not believe that any legislation about these issues is necessary.
Issues on the watch list are:
ACRL will continue tracking these issues and advocate for the best interests of academic and research libraries, if necessary. Read the complete legislative agenda for more details.