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Discussion Contact your representatives to save NTIS

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

At the last ALA conference held 2 weeks ago, the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) passed a resolution in support of the NTIS. The text of the resolution is below. While the resolution passed GODORT, it has been sent back to ALA’s Committee on Legislation (COL) to work on some wording before being sent to ALA Council.

At the last ALA conference held 2 weeks ago, the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) passed a resolution in support of the NTIS. The text of the resolution is below. While the resolution passed GODORT, it has been sent back to ALA’s Committee on Legislation (COL) to work on some wording before being sent to ALA Council.

Though it hasn't passed big ALA yet, we’re sharing the text of the resolution now in the hopes that readers — especially those in OK, MO, NE, AZ, MT and WI — will contact their representatives to tell them to SAVE THE NTIS!

RESOLUTION ON PRESERVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REPORTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

Whereas some three million scientific and technical reports are held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), thereby promoting research, innovation, and business;

Whereas since 1940, NTIS has been co-operating with federal agencies to collect, preserve, catalog, and provide their reports in paper, microform, and digital formats;

Whereas many federal agencies choose not to maintain collections of their own reports and to depend upon NTIS to provide these reports;

Whereas many federal agencies do not have statutory responsibility or the resources to provide permanent access to these reports and depend upon NTIS to provide them to other government agencies and the public;

Whereas the process of federal agencies entrusting their reports to NTIS ensures permanent access to the public, eliminates duplication of effort, and saves tax dollars;

Whereas since many of the federal agencies that published these reports no longer exist, many of their reports are only available through NTIS;

Whereas over two million of these reports are held only in paper or microform by NTIS and are not available in digital form from any source;

Whereas NTIS has the statutory authority to provide information management services to other federal agencies, including such programs as the Social Security Administration Death Master File used by insurance and annuity companies and the Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registrants Data Base, which enables members of the medical community to prescribe and handle controlled substances, and the Federal Science Repository Service which supports the preservation and long-term access of participating agencies content;

Whereas the “Let Me Google That For You Act” ( S. 2206 and H. R. 4382) would abolish NTIS, and the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act” (H. R. 4186), as amended in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS;

Whereas these bills make no provision for the preservation of the reports and their cataloging data;

Whereas these bills do not provide libraries such as the Library of Congress, the national libraries, and libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program an opportunity to help “determine if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

Whereas the American Library Association has long supported the provision of all federal government reports and publications, at no charge, to the public through libraries and other services;

now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)

1. urges the United States Congress to appropriate funds to ensure that the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) continues to act as a central repository for scientific and technical reports;

2. urges United States Congress to fund the provision of these reports to the federal agencies and the public at no charge;

3. urges the United States Congress to consult with librarians at the Library of Congress, the national libraries, corporate libraries, and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in determining “if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

4. urges the United States Congress to put NTIS under the umbrella of the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) directive, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (February 22, 2013); and

5. urges the United States Congress to fund a digital preservation plan for scientific and technical reports, which would be developed by NTIS, CENDI (formerly Commerce, Energy, NASA, Defense Information Managers Group), the Government Printing Office, the National Archives, federal publishing agencies, and the library community.

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Discussion FGI Analysis of COL FDLP Task Force final report

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 01:57 am

Jim Jacobs and I have analyzed and have some comments on the FDLP Task Force's final report. You can find the comments at http://freegovinfo.info/node/8840 or below. We hope our comments are taken as constructive criticism. We appreciate the committee's work, but were left wanting so much more. Hopefully our comments will spur the committee, ALA, and the documents community forward to a better FDLP.

Jim Jacobs and I have analyzed and have some comments on the FDLP Task Force's final report. You can find the comments at http://freegovinfo.info/node/8840 or below. We hope our comments are taken as constructive criticism. We appreciate the committee's work, but were left wanting so much more. Hopefully our comments will spur the committee, ALA, and the documents community forward to a better FDLP.

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Discussion GODORT Legislation Committee meetings at ALA Annual '14

by James Jacobs on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm

Legislation Committee has 3 meetings set up for ALA 2014:

  • Legislative Committee Meeting I (in conjunction with COL Govt Information Subcommittee) Saturday June 28, 1 - 2:30 PM LVCC N117
  • Legislative Committee Meeting II (GODORT) Sun June 29, 10:30 am 11:30 am CAP-Modena
  • Legislation Committee Meeting III (GODORT) Mon June 30 08:30 am 10:00 am LVCC-N216

On our agenda are discussions ALA resolutions in support of NTIS and United Nations publications as well as the COL FDLP report (which has yet to be released).

Legislation Committee has 3 meetings set up for ALA 2014:

  • Legislative Committee Meeting I (in conjunction with COL Govt Information Subcommittee) Saturday June 28, 1 - 2:30 PM LVCC N117
  • Legislative Committee Meeting II (GODORT) Sun June 29, 10:30 am 11:30 am CAP-Modena
  • Legislation Committee Meeting III (GODORT) Mon June 30 08:30 am 10:00 am LVCC-N216

On our agenda are discussions ALA resolutions in support of NTIS and United Nations publications as well as the COL FDLP report (which has yet to be released).

Please join us for any or all of these meetings.

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Online Doc GODORT statements in response to COL FDLP task force survey

by James Jacobs on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

[Posting for Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, Chair of GODORT Legislation Committee]

Attached are 7 statements on broad topics of concern to the government documents community. These statements are meant to be official submissions to the ALA Committee on Legislation's FDLP Task Force survey. As such they have been voted on by GODORT Steering Committee and approved as official GODORT statements.

The 7 statements are:

[Posting for Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, Chair of GODORT Legislation Committee]

Attached are 7 statements on broad topics of concern to the government documents community. These statements are meant to be official submissions to the ALA Committee on Legislation's FDLP Task Force survey. As such they have been voted on by GODORT Steering Committee and approved as official GODORT statements.

The 7 statements are:

  1. BORN-DIGITAL GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIBRARY
  2. DIGITIZATION AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC US GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
  3. FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARY PROGRAM: SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
  4. FEDERAL LIBRARIES AND THEIR ROLE WITHIN THE FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARY PROGRAM
  5. LIBRARIES – THE LAST BEST PLACE FOR PRESERVING PAPER & DIGITAL GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
  6. THE NEXT GENERATION OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION LIBRARIANS: A PROPOSAL FOR THEIR EDUCATION
  7. TOOLS TO SIMPLIFY AND EXPAND ACCESS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
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Discussion GODORT Legistation Committee and joint GIS/GODORT meeting agendas

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

LegComm chair Bernadine Abbott Hoduski asked me to post the agendas for GODORT Committee on Legislation and joint GODORT/COL Govt information subcommittee meetings at ALA midwinter. Please be sure to add these items to your ALA schedule. See everyone on saturday afternoon and sunday morning. 

 

American Library Association

Committee on Legislation

 

Midwinter Meeting 2014

LegComm chair Bernadine Abbott Hoduski asked me to post the agendas for GODORT Committee on Legislation and joint GODORT/COL Govt information subcommittee meetings at ALA midwinter. Please be sure to add these items to your ALA schedule. See everyone on saturday afternoon and sunday morning. 

 

American Library Association

Committee on Legislation

 

Midwinter Meeting 2014

Philadelphia, PA

 

Government Information Subcommittee with

GODORT Legislation Committee

Agenda

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

PCC – 119B

 

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Update on COL FDLP Task Force Open Dialogue
  • Discuss any current resolutions
    • Resolution on Maintaining Government Websites During a Government Shutdown
  • Misc.

  

 

American Library Association

Committee on Legislation

 

Midwinter Meeting 2014

Philadelphia, PA

 

Government Information Subcommittee

Agenda

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.

PCC – 304

 

 

  • Welcome and Introductions

 

  • Discuss  any current resolutions
  • Misc.
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Discussion Reflections On Issues Facing the Depository Library Community

by James Jacobs on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Hi all, Thought you might be interested in this recent govdoc-l thread about large issues facing the depository library community. Jim Jacobs' reflections were brought on by a post by an MLIS student. Attached is Jim's comment. You can also get it from the Govdoc-l archive.

Event Legislation Committee Meeting I (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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Business meeting of the GODORT Legislation Committee.

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Event Legislation Committee Meeting III (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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Discussion of legislative issues related to government information.

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Event Legislation Committee Meeting III (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Discussion of legislative issues related to government publications.

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Event Legislation Committee Meeting I (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Discussion of legislative issues related to government publications.

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