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Research Works Act Abandoned — Open Access Week in Review

This week brought with it the demise of an anti-open access bill that was wildly unpopular with ALA members — the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699).  On Monday, the publishing company Elsevier (the rumored bill backer) publicly announced it was withdrawing support for the Research Works Act — essentially rendering…

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It’s FRPAA time! Pro-open access legislation introduced in House and Senate

Yesterday members in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives introduced identical bills  with bipartisan support aimed at improving access to federally funded research.  In the House, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (or FRPAA) (H.R. 4004) was introduced in the morning by Rep.  Doyle…

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Trying to roll back the clock on Open Access: Research Works Act introduced

In a perplexing turn of events, Rep. Issa (R-CA) recently introduced the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699), on December 16, 2011. Co-sponsored by Rep. Maloney (D-NY), the bill would effectively turn back the clock on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy put into place in 2008.  The…

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From the “couldn’t have said it much better” file…

Last week ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) intern Lauren Vilbert and I attended the National Journal Policy Briefing: Technology 2012 and Beyond featuring two panels of telecommunications and technology experts discussing issues ranging from broadband and innovation policy to privacy and data security to spectrum allocation. The policy…

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National Federation of the Blind and US Department of Education Remind Libraries That Digital Information Must be Accessible to People with Print Disabilities

Digital information represents an opportunity for blind people and others who cannot read print to have equal access to the vast amount of information available through the nation’s libraries. Equal access is possible, but it does not happen automatically. The ALA adopted a resolution encouraging libraries to make sure their…

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