Open Access

December 01, 2008

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have announced that the SPARC-ACRL Forum at the 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado, will examine “The transformative potential of Open Educational Resources.”

May 23, 2012

A community-driven petition calling for the Obama Administration to open up the results of taxpayer-funded scientific research by making journal articles freely available online has opened remarkably strong. The petition, which calls for Public Access to all Federally Funded Research, was posted to the White House "We the People" website just two and half days ago, with the aim of securing 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

February 10, 2014

Open Library Letter on “Journal Usage Half-Life” and Embargo Periods.

March 09, 2007

The drive for free public access to publicly funded research is in high gear in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe. For scientists and scholars, it promises not just to change the norms for how research is shared, but also to open new avenues for how it is conducted. The implications for academic and research libraries are no less profound, as the possibility of new and expanded roles in the research process emerge. The popular SPARC-ACRL Forum looks at what the changes mean for libraries.

June 01, 2012
 1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
July 28, 2008

Eye-catching and inexpensive to distribute, our new Open Access teaser cards are designed to grab student attention where they roam. Order copies or print your own, tear apart, and place this guerrilla piece strategically around campus - in library carrels, around the coffee shop, or around the department. Phrases like “The article you couldn’t read might have earned your paper an A+, but you’ll never know” point readers directly to the problem of research access and invite them to check the Web site to learn more. Order professionally printed copies (below) or download.


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