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MLA supports unrestricted, affordable, and permanent access to quality health information for everyone.
The Governmental Relations Committee and the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force both address federal information issues, policies, and legislation of importance to the health sciences library community.
- MLA and other groups have developed comments and recommendations on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's proposed standards 2016 addressing the key role that librarians play in meeting the information needs of institutions and students.
- MLA has signed a joint letter in support of the USA Freedom Act, S. 265, which takes steps to reform the government's surveillance authorities
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Proceedings in the matter of "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" would impede the ability of health sciences libraries to provide access to government information, including NLM resources. Read why in the joint library comments submitted to the FCC on July 8.
- A recent MLA/AAHSL statement supports NLM's fiscal year 2015 funding and recognizes the medical library community’s role in supporting NLM’s programs and services
- A recent joint library association statement addresses the need for solutions to the orphan works problem. See also Additional Comments to Copyright Office re: Orphan Works and Mass Digitization.
- HR 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act, could impede the progress made by established public policy initiatives. MLA/AAHSL's March 20 letter explains why.
- Why restoring health federal funding levels to Fiscal Year 2010 levels matters to our nation's health care and research enterprise (letter from the Coalition for Health Funding)
Funding for NLM and NIH
The latest news on federal funding for health sciences library programs and services, which helps ensure that information is available to health professionals, educators, students, and the public.
Intellectual Property and Copyright
Health sciences librarians support the purpose of the copyright law in balancing the rights of copyright holders with the rights of users. Find out more about MLA's activities in this area.
Find out how the Affordable Care Act may affect health sciences libraries.