Liberal arts colleges support FRPAA bill

An article by Josh Hadro in Library Journal, 9/24/2009 outlines the need to extended  the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).

Excerpt: “The open letter, spearheaded by library directors and signed by a subset of the 80 selective institutions that make up the Oberlin Group consortium, begins with an axiom of public access support: “Academic libraries simply cannot afford ready access to most of the research literature that their faculty and students need.” The letter outlines the benefits the similar NIH mandate has afforded liberal arts colleges, and argues that the even more expansive FRPAA bill would further “democratize access to research information funded by tax dollars.”  Because of the bill’s far-reaching implications for access to research in libraries and elsewhere, the American Library Association’s Office of Government Relations listed the bill in early September as one of the key issues for libraries on the Congressional legislative agenda.”


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