ALA E-Government Services Subcommittee Committee
Today there is bill language making the rounds in Congress that would delay public access to federally-funded research. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) would restrict public access to articles reporting on federally-funded research for up to three years after initial publication. This delay is two years longer than what is stated in the White House’s Office of Science Technology Policy memo Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and two and a half years longer that what is proposed in the bicameral, bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR).
ALA has joined in a letter (pdf) with 10 other national and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations expressing our strong opposition the current language in FIRST. We would encourage you to also contact your representatives; remind them that “Section 302 of the FIRST Act would turn back the clock on the substantial progress already made towards meaningful public access by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), undermine the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, and put the U.S. at a severe disadvantage with the rest of the world in terms of policies that promote innovation and competitiveness.”
Please take a moment and use the Legislative Action Center to ask your representative to:
The government is reopening today! Here is a Washington Post article bydiscussing what happened.
Federal Depository Libraries and the Affordable Care Act
As libraries look ahead to the October 1 open enrollment date for the health insurance marketplace, there is an abundance of information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and many opportunities for libraries. IMLS is working with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and with WebJunction and ZeroDivide to provide library staff with the online resources and community contacts they will need to respond to questions about the Marketplace. One of the key roles that Federal Depository Libraries can play is to maintain an awareness of available resources in your area, and develop an approach for connecting patrons to those resources in the way that makes the most sense for your community.
Please join this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from a Federal Depository member library that is working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.
- Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Kendra Morgan, WebJunction
- Robbie Sittel, Tulsa City/County Public Library (FDL member)
*Closed Captioning will be provided for this event.
Date: Monday, September 23, 2013
Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific
If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience. Please sign up here if you’d like to receive notifications about this project, including when the archive is available.
Please note that this is session is geared towards Federal Depository Libraries and the ACA. If you are a public library, archived webinars that highlight options and information for public library engagement are available on WebJunction.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama will release a special video message to
ALA Conference attendees thanking libraries for helping Americans enroll
for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act.
I'm hoping that you all will be able and willing to spread the word about this program:
"How Do I Become a Citizen?" Libraries & E-government: Meeting the needs of your community
Saturday, June 29th at 10:30am in the McCormick Place Convention Center, room S402a
It is the program that will demonstrate the libegov.org site that has been created over the last three years as part of the IMLS grant my office has been working on with the University of Maryland. I have attached a pdf with further information about the program and site that you can send out to list serves. Thank you so much for your help!!!
Below is a DD blog post that went up today.
New Executive Order will increase government transparency
The White House has issued a new Executive Order, Making open and machine readable the new default for government information and a memo, Open Data Policy – Managing information as an asset. These documents provide a new set of guidelines for government agencies that will help to ensure a more open and accessible government. “This Memorandum establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information’s life cycle to promote interoperability and openness.”
The EO specifies that within 90 days the government will “identify and initiate implementation of measures to support the integration of the Open Data Policy” and a new Cross-Agency Priority Goal will be created to track the progress of agencies as they implement the new policy.
This is another positive step in creating a more open and transparent government and will as a result help to inform the American public. As the memo states “making information resources accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public can help fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery – all of which improve Americans’ lives and contribute significantly to job creation”.