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Friday, December 19, 2008

ALA paper to Obama transition calls for OA to publicly-funded research

American Library Association, Opening the "Window to a Larger World": Libraries' Role in Changing America, report to the Obama transition team, December 17, 2008.

In addition to sections on funding for library programs (including for OA projects) and copyright, see especially the section on government information:

  • Require all federal agencies to implement open access policies that emphasize the value of public access to their documents, procedures and other information; hold agencies accountable if they do not meet the “openness” standards and do not provide long-term access to their documents, especially in digital formats;
  • Promote transparency and openness in government, by supporting Government Printing Office (GPO), and others that produce and provide access to government information; assure feasibility of access by including library representatives in planning and design of information products and online services; ...
  • In conjunction with federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), GPO, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress, and librarians serving the public, develop long-term plans for ongoing permanent public access of government information including “born digital” and legacy paper documents;
  • Increase funding and develop long-term plans to maintain digital repositories for research and discovery of all types;
  • Insist that all federally funded research reports be publicly accessible (ex. NIH Public Access Policy) ...