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 : http://library.osgoode.yorku.ca/documents/Calgary_Statement.pdf
Déclaration de Calgary sur le libre accès à l’information juridique : http://library.osgoode.yorku.ca/documents/Declaration_de_Calgary.pdf

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