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Wednesday, 28th July 2010

News Update from ALA's Washington Office: 'Topic du jour? Access' (aka A Busy Time In DC)

A review of four current topics going on these days on Capitol Hill. The post was written by Cory Williams, Associate Director of ALA's Office of Government Relations.

Each section is loaded with links to related materials.

1) Section 1201

Itís far too rare that we librarians, libraries and the public who use them (ok, everyone) get as big a win as we all did on Monday. The ALA, along with ACRL and ARL (together known as the bad-a$$ Library Copyright Alliance, a.k.a. the LCA), took time to applaud the Librarian of Congress for broadening exceptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

2) Accessibility

On Monday, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, H.R. 3101, with an overwhelming majority voting in favor of the bill (328 ayes to 23 nays).

Next up: S. 3304, the Senateís companion bill, the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act...which recently moved to the full Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation from the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology."

3) Itís FRPAA time! (ok, make that ďFederal Research Public Access Act of 2009Ē time!)

On Thursday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reformís Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee will hold a hearing on FRPAA, H.R. 5037. The fact that this hearing has been scheduled is good news from the library communityís perspective because it will provide yet another opportunity to explain why we think the public should have no-fee, timely access to federally funded research.

4) Net Neutrality

...the ALA filed comments in response to the FCCís Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on July 15...In addition, the ALA also joined forces with ARL and EDUCAUSE in a separate filing in support of net neutrality stressing that libraries, librarians and higher education and those we serve rely on a fast, reliable and open Internet.

The Complete Post with Links and More Content Can Be Accessed Here

Source: American Library Association, Washington Office

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