News Archives

April 01, 2012
 1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
March 28, 2012
By:
Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal
On March 20 some 24 new co-sponsors signed on to H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act. Joining the bill’s original sponsors, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) are 14 Democrats and ten Republicans from 18 states and the District of Columbia.
March 27, 2012
By:
Glyn Moody, TechDirt
While the global boycott of Elsevier by academics continues to gain momentum and signatures – at the time of writing, the number is approaching 9000 – there's an open access storm in a teacup brewing in the UK.
March 26, 2012
By:
David Brooks, Nashua Telegraph
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A big industry built on gathering information from paid and unpaid contributors, then packaging it and selling it to customers, is struggling with changes caused by the Internet, leading to disputes and even a global boycott.
March 21, 2012
This report presents the finding of a project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011.
March 20, 2012

Open access issues are clearly on the minds of U.S. lawmakers. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight conducted a hearing on the topic “Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests.” The hearing was designed to generate information regarding open access in general, but quickly turned into a discussion of the recently-reintroduced Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).

March 20, 2012

Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s well-attended Congressional briefing on the issue of public access to the results of taxpayer funded research, 24 new bipartisan co-sponsors have officially been added to the roster of supporters for H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act.

March 20, 2012
By:
Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov
Support from a leading scientific publishing company for a controversial piece of legislation produced a backlash from more than 8,000 academic researchers.
March 19, 2012
By:
Michael P. Taylor, TheScientist
Academic publishers are currently up in arms about the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA)—a bill that has the perfectly reasonable goal of making publicly funded research available to the public that funded it. Tom Allen, president of the American Association of Publishers, described it rather hysterically as “intellectual eminent domain, but without fair compensation.” Why are he and his colleagues so desperate to retain the current business model?
March 19, 2012
American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael presented Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with one of the association’s highest honors – the James Madison Award. Lofgren received the award today during the National Freedom of Information Day Conference held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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