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Public Access Legislation

MLA supports public access to information generated through federal funding, including the development of the NIH Public Access Policy. Recently, Congress and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have introduced legislation and initiatives that call for the development of public access policies across federal agencies. MLA supports these initiatives and believes that this information should and must be equally accessible to all Americans.

MLA/AAHSL Fact Sheet: Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research Strengthens Biomedical Research (June 2014)

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST) (H.R. 4186)

  • MLA/AAHSL Letter to cosponsors of FIRST opposing Section 303 of the bill (March 20, 2014)

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FASTR) (H.R. 4004 and S. 2096)

Federal Initiatives

Federal Depository Library Program

  • MLA comments in support of the draft Superintendent of Documents Public Policy Statement that would allow regionals to discard tangible depository materials under certain specified conditions (August 21, 2014)

Net Neutrality

  • Federal Communications Commission Proceedings in the matter of "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet"
    • Joint library comments to FCC in support of open Internet rules that preserve and defend network neutrality (July 8, 2014)

US Government Printing Office

  • Joint library letter of support for the Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 which renames the Government Printing Office (May 14, 2014)
  • Joint library letter of thanks to the US Public Printer for hosting the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting (May 13, 2014)
  • Joint Library Association Testimony in support of Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress (LOC) FY 15 funding (March 2014)


SPARC Open Access Website