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Friday, July 13, 2007

Background on the Canadian Library Association's OA policy

Heather Morrison, Canadian Library Association: Task Force on Open Access, a presentation at the PKP Preconference, Transitioning to Open Access: Action and Advocacy (Vancouver, July 11, 2007).  Abstract:  

The Canadian Library Association adopted a Resolution on Open Access in 2005. The mandate of the CLA Task Force on Open Access is to draft recommendations on policy for CLA's own publications, draft a position statement on open access for Canadian libraries on behalf of CLA, and liaise with other library associations, such as CARL. Heather Morrison reports on activities to date, such as drafted a response to the CIHR Draft Policy on Access to Research Outputs.

Context: Members of the CLA Task Force on Open Access, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) discussed the transition to Open Access and also offered a workshop. The presentations and workshop were given during the CLA Preconference on Open Access Meeting at the 1st International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference in Vancouver, British-Columbia (Canada) from July 11-13, 2007.

Also see Heather's presentation at the main conference, Rethinking Collections : Libraries and Librarians in an Open Age:

Abstract: Depending on the perspective, the transition from subscriptions to open access can be overwhelmingly complex, or elegantly simple - as simple as rethinking the basic purpose of a library collection, and rewriting your collection policy accordingly. This presentation focuses on the theoretical aspects, and practical implications, of transitioning to open access for libraries and librarians.