August 20, 2014

ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has urged librarians and other interested parties to sign a petition calling for public access to all federally funded research, which was posted on the White House’s “We the People” website on May 21. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be considered for action by the White House staff.

Scholarly Publishers Oppose FRPAA

On March 5, the Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (AAP/PSP) and the DC Principles Coalition sent letters opposing the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) to the chair and ranking member of committees considering the bill in the Senate, and in the House of Representatives.

Elsevier Backs Off RWA Support; Still Opposes Mandated Open Access

This article has been updated to include information on the bill’s status and from ACRL. Scientific journal publisher Elsevier today withdrew its support for the Research Works Act (RWA), a bill which would have prohibited open access mandates for federally funded research. The publisher had been the target of a boycott among academics, as LJ […]