Open Access

We asked and the White House responded!

On Friday afternoon, John Holdren, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, released a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. The memo, Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (pdf), is the Obama Administrations response to last year’s We the People petition that asked for a requirement for scholars and ... Read More »

Like a bad penny, CISPA has returned…

Last week, Rep. Mike J. Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, H.R. 624 (CISPA) in the House. This is essentially the same bill (H.R. 3523) that the House passed in April of last year and that the President Obama threatened to veto . The President has again made ... Read More »

FASTR is the new FRPAA

On February 14, 2013 the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in both the House and Senate — Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and cosponsor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Senate bill, S. 350  and Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) and cosponsors Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS) introduced  the House bill, H.R. 708. ... Read More »

ALA Washington Office seeks nominations for 2013 Madison awards

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The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought ... Read More »

Legislators Want to Hear From Us on Library Issues!

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with the education and library specialists who work for the offices of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, two congressional leaders from my home state of New York. As a summer intern at the ALA Washington Office, it has been a joy to work at the very heart of the intersection of librarianship ... Read More »