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Congress examining Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program

Congress’ Committee on House Administration this year began examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which is the authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). This process is an important opportunity for librarians to advocate for improvements to the FDLP and public access…

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Victory near in 20-year fight to provide public with CRS reports

After nearly 20 years of advocacy by ALA, Congress has recently taken significant steps toward permanently assuring free public access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Taxpayers fund these reports but generally have not been able to read them. ALA welcomes these moves to ensure the public can…

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New legislation would protect your right to research

ALA applauds the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR). Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan legislation as H.R. 3427 yesterday. FASTR would ensure that, when taxpayers fund scientific research, they are able to freely access the…

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Protecting public access to earth science information

This week, ALA sent a letter calling for continued funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library and public access to its collections and services.  USGS is a scientific agency within the Interior Department. The USGS Library bills itself as “largest earth science library in the world.” President Trump’s budget…

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Look Back, Move Forward: Freedom of Information Day

At the tail end of this year’s #SunshineWeek, let’s take a quick moment to #FlashbackFriday (or should we say #FOIAFriday?) to 29 years ago yesterday, when the American Library Association began celebrating Freedom of Information Day. In honor of the day this year, ALA presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana with…

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