I’m writing to share a few resources and actions related to the work of our DLF interest group on Government Data Transparency and Accountability  These links all relate to movement by the Government Publishing Office and Committee on House Administration toward a possible revision of Title 44 of the U.S. Code
  • "Title 44 and the Uncertain Future of Free Public Access to Government Info in the US”: Rachel Mattson summarizes a presentation by Jim Jacobs to the interest group — and provides a link to an audio recording. https://www.diglib.org/archives/14551/ (Thanks to Jim, Rachel, Brandon, and all who made this possible!) 
  • “DLF on Privacy, Preservation, & Free Access to Government Info via Title 44:” text of a letter DLF sent to various congressional committees and staffers, advisory groups, and GPO leadership: https://www.diglib.org/archives/14576/. Recommendations made by DLF, Stanford, MIT, the UC system, and Harvard are all in line with the principles outlined in Jim’s talk and at FreeGovInfo.info.
  • "Protect the public right to government information: help preserve and expand Title 44:” a petition you can circulate and sign, currently at 767 signatures: http://bit.ly/2wPBwl8 
  • "Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 3 – Federal Depository Library Program:” notice of an upcoming Committee on House Administration hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10:15am. (Live-streaming possible; no word yet on witnesses.) https://cha.house.gov/hearing/hearing-transforming-gpo-21st-century-and-beyond-part-3-–-federal-depository-library-program 

Bethany Nowviskie
Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR
Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, UVa 
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