On Thursday March 27th, four DC librarians (Scott Bailey, Emily Florio, Judy Gaskell, Melanie Knapp) met with Jason Spear, a Legislative Associate in the office of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton to request that the Congresswoman co-sponsor FASTR (H.R. 708) and oppose FIRST (H.R. 4186).  FASTR (Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act) would fuel scientific discovery and innovation by requiring all articles resulting from publicly funded research to be made freely available within six months, whereas FIRST (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act) aims to significantly limit public access to scientific research by extending the embargo to three years. 

We are happy to report that due to our lobbying efforts, Congresswoman Norton signed on to co-sponsor FASTR.  A successful AALL Lobby Day!

Many thanks to Elizabeth Holland and Emily Feltren from AALL for helping prepare for Lobby Day!