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The directors of 10 US and Canadian university presses released this statement today:
The statement is signed by the directors of the University Press of Florida, University of Akron Press, University Press of New England, Athabasca University Press, Wayne State University Press, University of Calgary Press, University of Michigan Press, Rockefeller University Press, Penn State University Press, and University of Massachusetts Press.
The organizers welcome signatures from additional university presses. Those interested should contact Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press.
Comment. This is significant. It's the first statement in support of OA from a group of mostly-TA publishers and the first from a group of mostly-book publishers. It's also an important reproach to the American Association of University Presses, which publicly supported the Conyers bill last September without consulting its members. (See all our past posts on the AAUP and the Conyers bill.)
Update (6/4/09). Also see Scott Jaschik's article in today's Inside Higher Ed. Excerpt:
Update (6/4/09). Also see Jennifer Howard's article on the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog.