2014 ALA Las Vegas – RESOLUTION ON PRESERVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REPORTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

The most recent resolution for ALA Annual 2014.  There is already some discussion that as NTIS has a cost-recovery model there is a strong likelyhood that the “free-of-charge” aspect will be withdrawn from this resolution before we even see it on the floor in Council.

Rob Banks, ALA Councilor

 

This resolution is from the GODORT Legislation Committee. It is likely to be part of the Committee on Legislation report.

RESOLUTION ON PRESERVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REPORTS AVAILABLE

THROUGH THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

Whereas some three million scientific and technical reports are held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), thereby promoting research, innovation, and business;

Whereas since 1940, NTIS has been co-operating with federal agencies to collect, preserve, catalog, and provide their reports in paper, microform, and digital formats;

Whereas many federal agencies choose not to maintain collections of their own reports and to depend upon NTIS to provide these reports;

Whereas many federal agencies do not have statutory responsibility or the resources to provide permanent access to these reports and depend upon NTIS to provide them to other government agencies and the public;

Whereas the process of federal agencies entrusting their reports to NTIS ensures permanent access to the public, eliminates duplication of effort, and saves tax dollars;

Whereas since many of the federal agencies that published these reports no longer exist, many of their reports are only available through NTIS;

Whereas over two million of these reports are held only in paper or microform by NTIS and are not available in digital form from any source;

Whereas NTIS has the statutory authority to provide information management services to other federal agencies, including such programs as the Social Security Administration Death Master File used by insurance and annuity companies and the Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registrants Data Base, which enables members of the medical community to prescribe and handle controlled substances, and the Federal Science Repository Service which supports the preservation and long-term access of participating agencies content;

Whereas the “Let Me Google That For You Act” ( S. 2206 and H. R. 4382) would abolish NTIS, and the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act” (H. R. 4186), as amended in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS;

Whereas these bills make no provision for the preservation of the reports and their cataloging data;

Whereas these bills do not provide libraries such as the Library of Congress, the national libraries, and libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program an opportunity to help “determine if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”; and

Whereas the American Library Association has long supported the provision of all federal government reports and publications, at no charge, to the public through libraries and other services; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)

1.       urges the United States Congress to appropriate funds to ensure that the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) continues to act as a central repository for scientific and technical reports and is able to provide these reports to federal agencies and the public at no charge;

2.       urges the United States Congress to consult with librarians at the Library of Congress, the national libraries, corporate libraries, and the federal depository library program in determining “if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

3.       urges the United States Congress to put NTIS under the umbrella of the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) directive, “increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (February 22, 2013); and

4.       urges the United States Congress to fund a digital preservation plan for scientific and technical reports, which would be developed by NTIS, CENDI, the Government Printing Office, the National Archives, federal publishing agencies, and the library community;

draft, 6-20-14

Whereas some three million scientific and technical reports are held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), thereby promoting research, innovation, and business;

Whereas since 1940, NTIS has been co-operating with federal agencies to collect, preserve, catalog, and provide their reports in paper, microform, and digital formats;

Whereas many federal agencies choose not to maintain collections of their own reports and to depend upon NTIS to provide these reports;

Whereas many federal agencies do not have statutory responsibility or the resources to provide permanent access to these reports and depend upon NTIS to provide them to other government agencies and the public;

Whereas the process of federal agencies entrusting their reports to NTIS ensures permanent access to the public, eliminates duplication of effort, and saves tax dollars;

Whereas since many of the federal agencies that published these reports no longer exist, many of their reports are only available through NTIS;

Whereas over two million of these reports are held only in paper or microform by NTIS and are not available in digital form from any source;

Whereas NTIS has the statutory authority to provide information management services to other federal agencies, including such programs as the Social Security Administration Death Master File used by insurance and annuity companies and the Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registrants Data Base, which enables members of the medical community to prescribe and handle controlled substances, and the Federal Science Repository Service which supports the preservation and long-term access of participating agencies content;

Whereas the “Let Me Google That For You Act” ( S. 2206 and H. R. 4382) would abolish NTIS, and the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act” (H. R. 4186), as amended in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS;

Whereas these bills make no provision for the preservation of the reports and their cataloging data;

Whereas these bills do not provide libraries such as the Library of Congress, the national libraries, and libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program an opportunity to help “determine if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”; and

Whereas the American Library Association has long supported the provision of all federal government reports and publications, at no charge, to the public through libraries and other services; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)

1.       urges the United States Congress to appropriate funds to ensure that the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) continues to act as a central repository for scientific and technical reports and is able to provide these reports to federal agencies and the public at no charge;

2.       urges the United States Congress to consult with librarians at the Library of Congress, the national libraries, corporate libraries, and the federal depository library program in determining “if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

3.       urges the United States Congress to put NTIS under the umbrella of the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) directive, “increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (February 22, 2013); and

4.       urges the United States Congress to fund a digital preservation plan for scientific and technical reports, which would be developed by NTIS, CENDI, the Government Printing Office, the National Archives, federal publishing agencies, and the library community;

draft, 6-20-14

2012 ALA Anaheim Council II

We heard the financial report.

We approved FY 2012 Budgtetary Ceiling of $65,026,831.

Report on Policy Manual Revision Task Force.

Motion to adopt CD#10.1-10.4

I voted for this and it passed.

Report from International Relations Committee

Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success
 
Whereas, school librarians help students acquire unique skills not taught in the classroom and information and technology skills essential for students in the 21st century; and
 
Whereas, there has been research conducted in 22 states and a Canadian Province that provides significant evidence indicating the value added to student’s academic development by the presence of a strong school library program led by a credentialed librarian;
 
Whereas, the most universal finding is that the presence of full-time, credentialed school librarians and appropriate support staff who implement a quality, school integrated program of library services is directly related to these student educational gains; and
 
Whereas, it has been shown that incremental increases in the following can result in incremental gains in student learning:
 
• Increased hours of access for both individual student visits and group visits by classes
• Larger collections of print and electronic resources with access at school and from home
• Up-to-date technology with connectivity to databases and automated collections
• Instruction implemented in collaboration with teachers that is integrated with classroom curriculum and allows students to learn and practice such 21st century skills as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication of ideas and information
• Increased student usage of school library services
• Higher total library expenditures
• Leadership activities by the librarian in providing professional development for teachers, serving  on key committees, and meeting regularly with the principal; and
 
Whereas, quality school library programs provide academic instruction and support to those students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in closing the achievement gap with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and career; and
 
Whereas, the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs has not only had a negative impact on students and student achievement in K-12 learning environments, but also a negative impact on the ability of youth to utilize the resources of public and academic libraries;  and
 
Whereas, more than 28,000 citizens signed a White House petition to ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program and asking that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs in order to ensure more students have access to the school librarians, resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment; and
 
Whereas, in its response, the Obama administration acknowledged that “School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community”;
 
Whereas, members of the American Library Association, as librarians, educators and contributors to our communities, recognize that there is an interdependence among types of libraries within a community,  where what affects school libraries affects our profession as a whole, and that school libraries are at the center of this ecosystem; and members of ALA have an obligation to help ensure that every child in America  receives a strong foundation in literacy,  including the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic and competitive 21st century economy, now, therefore, be it
 
Resolved, that the American Library Association
1. directs the ALA Presidential Task Force on School Libraries to lead the Association in its continued mission to address the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, school librarians, and the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement, continuing to engage librarians of all types from across the association to advocate for school libraries, which are imperative to the survival and success of all libraries;
2. encourages state associations and affiliates to influence legislation requiring adequate funding and appropriate staffing of school libraries in schools at all levels;
3. places a high priority on seeing that upcoming ESEA legislation recognizes and specifically supports the necessity for effective school library programs and credentialed school librarians;
4. works to encourage federal lobbying efforts to include school libraries in legislation and regulations, including areas such as digital literacy and broadband; and,
5. actively seeks partnerships with national organizations to reach mutual goals of sustaining school libraries.
Revised 6/24/12

Mover: Sara Kelly Johns, AASL: skjohns@gmail.com, 518.569.2339

Seconder: Cynthia Czesak, Chapter Relations Committee: czesak@patersonpl.org, 201-317-1832

I voted for this and it passed.

We discussed proposed changes in conference structure.

attendance

16,231 atttendees

18,061 New Orleans

Adjourned.