MLA Issues Action Alert Over FASTR Legislation

July 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations | Leave a comment

The MLA Government Relations Committee released the following action alert regarding the FASTR legislation currently under consideration in Congress:

Dear Members,

Please contact your members of Congress (House and Senate) BEFORE JULY 29TH and urge them to co-sponsor the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act of 2015. This bill will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.  FASTR legislation is scheduled for markup and vote on July 29. The library, scholarly communications, and scientific communities ar urging for an embargo period as short as possible, with a maximum of 12 months. They are also supporting petitioning rights for members of the public and researchers for shorter embargo periods.

Attached is a detailed action alert with additional background information, talking points, who to contact, and best ways to communicate with Congress.

Thanks for your help.  Please let me know if you have questions.


Mary M. Langman

Information Issues and Policy
Medical Library Association
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246
312/419-8950 (fax)

Please click on the following link for the briefing document referred to in the alert.


[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]


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