An Opportunity for Your Campus to Support Open Access: Encourage your Provosts to sign Open Letter in Support of FASTR

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By: 
Jeffrey S. Vitter, University of Kansas and Lorraine Haricombe, Current Chair of SPARC Steering Committee & COAPI member
Fresh on the heels of last week's (September 10, 2013) well-attended Congressional briefing exploring the issue of public access to taxpayer funded research, a groundswell of support is taking shape in the academic community for the proposed Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) bill. This important bipartisan bill introduced into both the House and the Senate in February, now has a growing list of higher education leaders who have signed an open letter underscoring their – and their campuses – support for FASTR. The "Open Letter to the Higher Education Community" is a joint effort by SPARC, ARL, and COAPI asking member librarians to encourage your provosts and presidents to add their names in support this important legislation. The letter and the current list of signatories are posted below.