Thursday, August 28, 2008

Open Access in Canada College & Research Libraries News article

Up to date, online today at College and Research Libraries News 69:8. Heather Morrison and Andrew Waller:
Open access and evolving scholarly communication
An overview of library advocacy and commitment, institutional
repositories, and publishing in Canada


The open access movement in Canada is very active in many areas. This is not surprising; of the 16 people at the Budapest meeting which was the foundation of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), three were Canadians, all global leaders in this arena: Leslie Chan, Jean-Claude Guédon, and Stevan Harnad. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) was among the earliest signatories of the BOAI, and quickly initiated a nationwide institutional repository program. The Canadian Library Association (CLA) recently approved an innovative “Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries,” calling for all libraries to participate in advocacy, educating patrons abut open access resources, and encouraging support for open access, including economic support. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has an open access mandate policy, requiring open access to CIHR-funded research within six months. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has an Aid to Open Access Journals program. Other funding agencies in Canada either have, or are developing, open access policies and support. This article presents an overview of CLA advocacy and open access in Canada, with a focus on initiatives with a strong library involvement or leadership.

This post is part of the Canadian Leadership in the Open Access Movement Series.

Also available in E-LIS and the SFU D-Space. Copies coming soon to an institutional repository or two.