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ALA Opposes Closing of Research Library at Sandia

Due to budget reductions, Sandia National Laboratories is considering closing its research library, a facility built by taxpayer funds that is instrumental to the work of scientists in the fields of nuclear weapons and homeland security. The American Library Association (ALA) opposes this action and urges Sandia to reconsider, proposing…

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Full U.S. Senate Approves Bill Containing Support for Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

The District Dispatch recently put out a call for library advocates to contact their U.S. Senators in support of public access to medical information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Today, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), of which ALA is a member, was pleased to make this announcement:…

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Fight Continues for Public Access to NIH Medical Information – Urge your Senators to support NIH Public Access Policy (and oppose Inhofe amendments).

UPDATE! The U.S. Senate is considering the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Labor–HHS-Education (LHHS) bill, which includes several very important library service-related funding provisions. One important provision directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement a mandatory policy ensuring the free, timely access to all research articles stemming from NIH…

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House Subcommittee Passes Broadband Data-Collection Bill

The Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill, the ‘Broadband Census of America Act of 2007’, on October 10, 2007 (No bill number at this writing). The bill proposes to improve collection of data and mapping of broadband services across the country in…

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Court Rules in Favor of Access to Information

Yesterday, the ALA Washington Office put out a call to action. Soon after, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Presidents don’t have authority to control executive records after they’ve left office. According to the Associated Press: “In a narrowly crafted ruling, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly invalidated part of…

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