Accelerating access to biomedical evidence

Library organizations unanimous: Oppose H.R. 3699, The Research Works Act

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Medical Library Association

The Medical library Association issued an Action Alert on January 12th, asking their membership to contact House Representatives and urge them to oppose H.R. 3699,  The Research Works Act. MLA suggested using the talking points developed by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access:

  • The bill would prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grant funding to require that all members of the public be guaranteed online access to the research findings that their tax dollars fund;
  • The bill would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and stifle critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery;
  • The NIH Public Access Policy currently provides millions of Americans with access to vital health care information from the NIH PubMed Central database;
    • Under this policy, more than 90,000 new biomedical manuscripts are deposited for public accessibility each year
  • H.R. 3699 would prohibit the deposit of these manuscripts, seroiusly impeding the ability of researchers, physicians, healthcare professionals and patients from accessing and using this health-related information in a timely manner;
  • H.R. 3699 would also affect scientific research coming from other federal agencies including information on energy, the environment, climate change, and other areas that impact the well being of th epublic
  • Address how our library and community have benefited from the NIH Public Access Policy

Special Libraries AssociationThe Special Libraries Association (SLA) used their public policy blog to make the same points as MLA and points to the taxpayer access draft letter to Oppose H.R. 3699.

District dispatch-ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) was out in front as early as January 9th, writing in the District Dispatch about  ALA’s  long-time, ardent support of increasing access to information of all types, including federally funded research.   This latest bill, the Research Works Act, would act in direct contradiction and therefore the ALA vehemently opposes the bill.

SPARC , the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition suggested on January 6th that “Supporters of public access to the results of publicly funded research need to speak out against this proposed legislation. Contact Congress to express your opposition today, or as soon as possible. “

Here is how you can speak up, courtesy of

Supporters of public access need to speak out against this proposed legislation. We strongly urge you to contact these offices to express your opposition TODAY, or as soon as possible. To support you, draft letter text is available.

Sat, January 14 2012 » Uncategorized

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