Fifty-three liberal arts college presidents from across the United States, representing twenty-two states, joined together to sign a letter of support for the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695; FRPAA). The legislation, originally introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), would require federal agencies that fund over $100 million in annual external research to make manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles stemming from that research publicly available via the Internet.
The letter from the 53 college presidents adds to the support given earlier by 48 university provosts (including UIUC's Provost Katehi) and demonstrates support for the Public Access Act exists across the wide breadth of the higher education community. The presidents’ letter notes, “Academic libraries simply cannot afford ready access to most of the research literature that their faculty and students need,” and that “[the Act] will benefit education, research, and the general public.” The full text of the college president's letter is online at http://www.oberlingroup.org/about/frpaa.pdf.
To read more about the university provost's support, click here and here.
Posted by Katie Newman at September 7, 2006 9:55 AM