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Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques
Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian  
Libraries, approved by the CLA Executive on May 21, 2008, has just been
posted on the CLA website, at:
http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Position_Statements&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=5306

 
Text:
 
Whereas connecting users with the information they need is one of the
library's most essential functions, and access to information is one  
of librarianship's most cherished values, therefore CLA recommends that
Canadian libraries of all types strongly support and encourage  
open access.
 
CLA encourages Canadian libraries of all types to:
 
support and encourage policies requiring open access to research
supported by Canadian public funding, as defined above. If delay or  
embargo periods are permitted to accommodate publisher concerns, these
should be considered temporary, to provide publishers with an  
opportunity to adjust, and a review period should be built in, with a
view to decreasing or eliminating any delay or embargo period.
 
raise awareness of library patrons and other key stakeholders about
open access, both the concept and the many open access resources,  
through means appropriate to each library, such as education campaigns
and promoting open access resources.
 
support the development of open access in all of its varieties,
including gold (OA publishing) and green (OA self-archiving).    
Libraries should consider providing economic and technical support for
open access publishing, by supporting open access journals or by  
participating in the payment of article processing fees for open
access. The latter could occur through redirection of funds that  
would otherwise support journal subscriptions, or through taking a
leadership position in coordinating payments by other bodies, such as  
academic or government departments or funding agencies.
 
support and encourage authors to retain their copyright, for example
through the use of the CARL / SPARC Author's Addendum, or through the  
use of Creative Commons licensing.
 
best,
 
Heather Morrison & Andrew Waller
Co-Convenors, CLA Open Access Task Force


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