May 29, 2012
Supporting FRPAA (Supporting AALL's Efforts to Support FRPAA)
Hat tip to the AALL Washington Blawg for reminding this aging and decrepit law librarian to support the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA) (S. 2096 and H.R. 4004) by signing the White House-hosted online petition: "We petition the Obama Administration to 'Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.'" From Take Action: Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research!:
Members of the public have a right to access research funded by their taxpayer dollars. We urge you to sign the petition today.
This is a critical opportunity for AALL members to demonstrate that we believe open access to federally funded research should be a high priority for the administration. Demonstrating public support will also strengthen FRPAA’s chances in Congress. With your support, we can influence the White House to act.
(Emphasis in the original.)
Assuming you support this legislative initiative, have you signed the petition? I did over the holiday weekend. Launched in mid-May, the petition drive needs 25,000 signatures by June 19th. The last time I checked it was about 6,000 short of reaching this goal.
From the above linked AALL Washington Blawg post:
Once you have signed the petition, you can also encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.
And once you sign it, you can view the list of other like-minded supporters. An example of the information you will see is provided in the above screen capture. It is not a lot of information but it is enough to connect the dots. By that I mean, you can get some idea about how many AALL official types have signed the petition. [JH]