Advocacy & Initiatives


Position Papers

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to the Senate HELP Committee

AAHSL signed on to a letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to the Senate HELP Committee with recommendations to enhance the role of NIH in getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients.

AAHSL and MLA letter to Elsevier

Michelle Kraft, President of MLA, and I signed a letter to Elsevier expressing our concerns over their updated sharing and hosting policies. A representative from Elsevier responded with an offer to discuss the issue further with us in person. 

Response to the NIH Strategic Plan RFI

In collaboration with MLA, AAHSL submitted a response to the NIH Strategic Plan RFI. Thanks to Terrie Wheeler, Emily Mazure, Kristine Alpi (on behalf of MLA) and Brenda Seago (on behalf of AAHSL) for preparing the response.

Letter of Support for language in the FY2015 House Democratic Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill

We, the undersigned national and regional library, publishing, funding and advocacy organizations, are writing to express our support for language in the FY2015 House Democratic Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that addresses public access to federally funded research, and to urge you to maintain this language as the bill moves toward enactment through comprehensive appropriations legislation. Read entire letter of support.

Health Sciences Librarians and Health Care Reform: “Providing quality information for improved health”

Quality health information underpins all aspects of health care. The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) believe that authoritative information is mission-critical to every health care enterprise. It is the foundation of all health care processes, including clinical care, biomedical research and the science of health care delivery, transformative health education, and the development of informed healthcare consumers. Health sciences librarians provide authoritative information in support of informed decision making to lower costs and reduce waste, improve health care quality and reduce medical errors, and enhance consumer choice. Read more on the reform.

Ad Hoc Group Transition Letter

In December, 2008 AAHSL signed on to a letter developed by the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research (supported by AAMC) that was sent to President-elect Obama, urging him to support additional funding for NIH in any upcoming economic stimulus package legislation.

Health Reform Principles and NIH Policy Statement

In preparation for discussion of health care reform, AAHSL and MLA jointly submitted two statements to President Obama's transition team. The first statement outlines three meaningful principles for health care reform.

The second statement addresses the benefits of the NIH Public Access Policy to Advance Science and Promote Healthy People and urges the new administration to support the policy by opposing any effort to undo the twelve-month mandatory deposit requirement, and in fact encouraging the NIH to adopt a six-month requirement, consistent with international norms and the protocols of many privately funded medical research ventures.

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Annual Reports


Advocacy in the News

MAR has created a new website for access to the NIH/NLM Informationist presentations.

Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Recommendations and Comments Submitted to the National Academy of Sciences Re: “Public Access to Federally-Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Two Planning Meetings”

April 29, 2013 | Statement

Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries NIH Policy Support Statement

April 15, 2013 | Statement

Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Statement for the Record on FY14 Appropriations for the National Library of Medicine

Submitted to the House Subcommittee on L-HHS, Education & Related Agencies | March 15, 2013 | Summary of FY14 Recommendations

Thank you letter for introducing, "The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act" (FASTR).

February 25, 2013 | Letter

Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AASHL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA) letter in support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

February 18, 2013 | Letter