Canadian Association of Research Libraries endorses SPARC
June 26, 1998
Mr. Richard Johnson
Dear Mr. Johnson,
This is to inform you of CARL/ABRS's support for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition initiative. I note that a large number of individual CARL/ABRC libraries who hold membership in ARL have become founding members of SPARC.
CARL/ABRC feels strongly that the challenge of equitable access to published scholarly research, especially in the field of science publishing, is a major issue confronting the world's research libraries. We welcome the opportunity to participate in SPARC as a practical way to address some aspects of the complex and difficult issues involved.
Since the issues are of international concern, CARL/ABRC encourages SPARC to develop an international perspective and the building of international partnerships amongst the research libraries of the world.
The SPARC initiative relates directly to a number of findings and recommendations made in the Final Report of the AUCC-CARL/ABRC Task Force on Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communication, The Changing World of Scholarly Communication: Challenges and Choices for Canada (November 1996).
I look forward to the continuing collaboration and cooperation between our respective organizations.
Marnie Swanson, President CARL/ABRC