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February 23, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Library Associations Oppose Repealing Public Access Bill, Urge Action

The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, H.R. 801 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.801:), recently introduced by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., would repeal the NIH Public Access Policy and prevent other federal agencies from enacting similar open access policies. In response, 10 library associations and advocacy groups, including AALL (American Association of Law Libraries), ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), ALA (American Library Association), ARL (Association of Research Libraries), and GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance), have sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee members opposing the bill (www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/oawg_to_judiciary-09-feb-_3_x.pdf) and expressing their long-standing and strong support for the NIH Open Access Policy. A SPARC-sponsored analysis that outlines why the NIH Public Access policy does not affect copyright law was attached to the letter.

The library groups say that the bill would amend the U.S. Copyright Code, prohibiting federal agencies from requiring, as a condition of funding agreements, public access to the products of the research they fund. "This will significantly inhibit our ability to advance scientific discovery and to stimulate innovation in all scientific disciplines. Most critically, H.R. 801 would reverse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, prohibit American taxpayers from accessing the results of the crucial biomedical research funded by their taxpayer dollars, and stifle critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery."

The groups are calling all supporters of public access—including librarians and libraries, researchers, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, and others—to please contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives House Judiciary Committee no later than Feb. 28, 2009, to express their support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and to ask the members to oppose H.R. 801. (See the ALA call to action, http://capwiz.com/ala/issues/alert/?alertid=12715186.)

Source: American Library Association



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