New OA Meeting in 2012

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has just announced that it will host a new North American meeting on Open Access in March 2012. This will be an expansion of the already successful biennial SPARC meeting on digital repositories.
From the press release:
“There is a clear need for a regular, North American event where the community can get together and discuss all aspects of the burgeoning Open Access movement,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.
The SPARC 2012 Open Access meeting will be held March 11-13 at the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel. Further details will be available on the SPARC Web site this fall.

Canadian Law Libraries Show Overwhelming Support for Open Access

The Council of Canadian Academic Law Library Directors recently approved and adopted a statement of principles supporting open access in legal scholarship. This follows a similar statement adopted in 2008 by the directors of American law libraries known as the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship.
Text from a press release:
“At its annual meeting in Calgary last month [May 2011], the Council of Canadian Academic Law Library Directors approved and adopted the “Calgary Statement on Free Access to Legal Information” as an official policy. Copies of the Statement, in both official languages, are now available at the links below. The Canadian university law library directors overwhelming[ly] support the principles of open access in scholarly publishing at our institutions and of free access to legal information in our society. We have adopted the Calgary Statement to promote awareness of these principles, in the belief that general application of these principles will benefit legal education, improve the dissemination of legal scholarship, promote free access to legal information and enhance access to justice.”
Calgary Statement on Free Access to Legal Information :
Déclaration de Calgary sur le libre accès à l’information juridique :