Carnegie Mellon University advocates for needed changes in public policies that affect research and education. The University Libraries participates in these efforts, particularly advocating for public policies that affect scholarly communications. Congressman Mike Doyle’s office has consulted the University Libraries on draft legislation mandating public access to the results of federally funded research and the potential impact of Supreme Court rulings in copyright litigation cases. The Libraries also advocate for changes in university policies and practices in keeping with federal mandates, recent case law, and best practices.
In advocating for change, the University Libraries collaborates with CMU’s Office of the Provost, Office of Government Relations, and Office of the General Counsel. Legislative advocacy is coordinated with the international Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).