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Discussion Updated draft resolution in support of NTIS

by James Jacobs on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Here's the updated draft GODORT resolution in support of NTIS. This version passed GODORT Legislation Committee and COL GIS. It'll go to ALA Committee on Legislation for a vote before (hopefully) going to ALA Council. For historical purposes, see the original draft resolution to compare to the current version. 

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

Here's the updated draft GODORT resolution in support of NTIS. This version passed GODORT Legislation Committee and COL GIS. It'll go to ALA Committee on Legislation for a vote before (hopefully) going to ALA Council. For historical purposes, see the original draft resolution to compare to the current version. 

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 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 some of the federal agencies that published the historical reports no longer exist, so 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 H.R. 443, To Streamline the Collection and Distribution of Government Information, has been introduced in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS; 

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

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 and NTIS now provides free access to digital copies of its holdings; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):

1. urges the United States Congress to fund the provision of these digital reports to the federal agencies and the public at no charge through NTIS, as well as the preservation of the print and microform collections so they will remain available for sale to the public on a cost recovery basis; and

2. urges the United States Congress to ensure a selected, national repository is selected and funded to preserve and provide public access to this important scientific and technical reports if NTIS enabling legislation is eliminated.

 

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Event Legislative Committee Meeting II (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:56 pm

Discussion of issues relating to government
information and legislation. Work on resolutions
affecting government information librarians.

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Event Legislative Committee Meeting III (GODORT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:56 pm

Discussion of issues relating to government
information and legislation. Work on resolutions
affecting government information librarians.

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Discussion COL GIS agenda posted

by James Jacobs on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 01:05 pm

Here are the agendas for the 2 GIS meetings. As a reminder, GIS will meet at the following times:

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MCP-W175A

Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:30-11:30am MCP-W175A

 

Midwinter Meeting 2015

Chicago, Illinois

 

Government Information Subcommittee with

GODORT Legislation Committee

Agenda

 

Here are the agendas for the 2 GIS meetings. As a reminder, GIS will meet at the following times:

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MCP-W175A

Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:30-11:30am MCP-W175A

 

Midwinter Meeting 2015

Chicago, Illinois

 

Government Information Subcommittee with

GODORT Legislation Committee

Agenda

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

MCP-W175A

 

 

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • GPO Update (Mary Alice Baish, GPO’s Superintendent of Documents) – 20 minutes
  • GIS’s working group on the COL FDLP Task Force work (Maggie Farrell) – 20 minutes
  • NTIS – 10 minutes
  • Discuss any current resolutions
  • Misc.

 

 

Government Information Subcommittee

Agenda

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

10:30-11:30am

                                                       MCP-W175A

 

 

  • Welcome and Introductions

 

  • Discuss any current resolutions
  • Misc.

 

 

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Discussion GODORT Legislation Committee conference call and Midwinter '15 agenda

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm

1) We’ll have our conference call next tuesday January 20 at 1PM PST / 3PM CST / 4PM EST. The conference call information is as follows:
 

For Participants:

Dial - (712) 432-1500 
Enter Access Code - 892699#

1) We’ll have our conference call next tuesday January 20 at 1PM PST / 3PM CST / 4PM EST. The conference call information is as follows:
 

For Participants:

Dial - (712) 432-1500 
Enter Access Code - 892699#

2) Our draft agenda is below and attached. Please note that we don’t have the COL/GIS agenda yet. We will discuss at our conference call, so if anyone has additions, especially for proposed resolutions, we can add then. 
 
3) For those of you new to LegComm, I would point you to the 7 statements we wrote last year that GODORT approved. These were sent to ALA Committee on Legislation (COL) FDLP Taskforce. They’re linked from LegComm’s Connect site. Everyone should have access to LegComm’s connect site as members of the committee. If you don’t have access to our Connect site, please contact GODORT’s ALA staff liaison Rosalind (Ros) Reynolds rreynolds@alawash.org (and cc Bernadine so she knows).
 
Folks should also take the time to read COL’s FDLP task force report as it’s sure to be referenced if not discussed in-depth at COL-GIS on saturday.
 
Thanks everyone. Talk to you on Tuesday!
 
best,
 
James Jacobs
(for Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, LegComm chair)
 
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American Library Association Government Documents Round Table

Legislation Committee meeting schedule and agenda

Midwinter Meeting 2015 Chicago, IL

 

Legislation Committee I (joint w ALA COL/GIS)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

1:00pm – 2:30pm

MCP - W175A

 

Legislation Committee II

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Swissotel - Vevey 1

 

Welcome and Introductions

 

Discussion of future of NTIS and GODORT resolution

 

Discussion of United Nations Proposal - report from International Documents TF

 

Discussion of Orientation Statement for Members of Congress and other policy makers.  (Drafted by FDTF Working Group)

 

Discussion with Mary Alice Baish, Superintendent of Documents about proposal to allow regional depository libraries to substitute paper with version on FDsys. (GODORT papers written in response to COL FDLP Task Force report and GODORT letter to GPO provide background:

 

  • Libraries – The Last Best Place for Preserving Paper & Digital Government Publications
  • Digitization And Preservation of Historic US Government Publications
  • Federal Depository Library Program:  Sustainable Structure For the 21st Century

 

 

Legislation Committee III

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Swissotel - Vevey 1

 

Welcome and Introductions

 

Follow-up discussion of work to be done to prepare for annual

 

 

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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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