CLA Welcomes New Open Access Interest Group 

This September, the CLA Executive approved the formation of a new Open Access Interest Group. This group will follow on the recent work carried out by the CLA Open  Access Task Force and will focus on one of the most important issues  in the library world at present, particularly in the academic library  community.  The Open Access Interest Group will incorporate elements of the Information Commons Interest Group, which will be reconstituted.

The first co-conveners of the Interest Group will be Leah Vanderjagt and Lisa Goddard.

Terms of Reference

·         To provide a forum for members to discuss issues and topics relating  to Open Access.

·         When requested, to respond to Open Access matters on behalf of CLA.

·         To work with both Canadian and international organizations (including other CLA/ACB Interest Groups and Committees) to promote Open Access initiatives.

·         To organize Open Access-related sessions and other events at the annual CLA/ACB conference and elsewhere.

Membership in the Open Access Interest Group is open to all CLA members.  The CLA website is being modified to allow registration in this group; expect a follow-up message when this is ready.  In the meantime, you can sign up for the CLA Open Access Interest Group listserv by contacting Heather Morrison at [log in to unmask].  The purpose of this listserv is to allow participants to share ideas and news about open access at their respective institutions, in Canada, and in the global information environment.

This May, CLA adopted a Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries, which reads:

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.

The CLA Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries is freely available on the CLA website, at:

For further information, please contact:

Heather Morrison
Interim Convenor, CLA Open Access Interest Group
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Lisa Goddard
Co-Convenor, CLA Open Access Interest Group
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Leah Vanderjagt
Co-Convenor, CLA Open Access Interest Group
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