E-LIS Reaches Milestone of 10 000 Submissions

Recently the open access repository for Library and Information Science (LIS) documents E-LIS surpassed 10 000 items. E-LIS was established in 2003 as the first international repository in this subject area.
Please consider depositing your library-related publications in this repository. From the E-LIS Submission Policy page:
“The purpose of the E-LIS archive is to make full text LIS documents visible, accessible, harvestable, searchable, and useable by any potential user with access to the Internet. Searching and archiving in E-LIS are totally free for any user. The only requirement is that authors wishing to submit a document need to register in order to obtain a user id in the system. Librarians, libraries, research institutes, organizations, and individual researchers involved in LIS and related fields are encouraged to make use of and contribute to the archive.”

CLA Position Statement on Open Access

Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries
Approved by Executive Council ~ May 21, 2008
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. [more…]

White House Initiates OA Discussion

Yesterday (Dec 10, 2009) the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), an executive office of the President of the United States, launched a consultation process on Public Access Policy. This is part of Obama’s Open Government Initiative.
See the news release here.
“The Administration is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.”
Basically, the U.S. government is seeking public input on what their policies should be regarding access to published federally-funded research results. The online discussion will focus on three main topics: Implementation (Dec 10-20), Features and Technology (Dec 21-31), and Management (Jan 1-7).
An interesting discussion has already begun on the first topic: Implementation.
As Peter Suber notes on his Open Access News blog “This is big”; it’s “…the first explicit sign that President Obama supports the OA policy at the NIH and wants something similar at other federal agencies.”
There does not seem to be any requirement that those who comment be American citizens, so please feel free to register and join the discussion!

University of Ottawa’s New OA Program

Breaking News from the U of Ottawa’s Media Room:
“The University of Ottawa is the first Canadian university to adopt a comprehensive open access program that supports free and unrestricted access to scholarly research.
The University’s new program includes:
• a commitment to make the University’s scholarly publications available online at no charge through the University’s repository, uO Research;
• an author fund to help researchers defray open access fees charged by publishers;
• a fund to support the creation of digital educational materials organized as courses and available to everyone online at no charge ;
• support for the University of Ottawa Press’s commitment to publishing a collection of open access books; and
• a research grant to support further research on the open access movement.”
See the full media release here.
Also see uOttawa’s Open Access information page.