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The CARL Open Access Working Group (COAWG) seeks to foster greater uptake of open access business models and practices. COAWG has also been tasked with investigating various means by which institutions and stakeholders can operationalize the transition towards a more open and sustainable scholarly publishing and research dissemination ecosystem in Canada.

Members / Current Projects / Publications & Resources

  • Victoria Volkanova (Chair), Responsable du dossier du Libre accès à la recherche, Université de Moncton
  • Inba Kehoe, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries
  • K. Jane Burpee, Associate Librarian, Research Enterprise & Scholarly Communication, University of Guelph 
  • Bobby Glushko, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Pierre Lasou, Spécialiste en ressources documentaires, Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval
  • Louise McGillis, Associate University Librarian, Grenfell and Harlow Campuses, Memorial University
  • Pat Moore, System Librarian - Digital Projects and Technologies, Carleton University Library
  • Diane Sauvé, Directrice, soutien à la réussite, à la recherche et à l'enseignement, Université de Montréal 
  • Michael Shires, Collection Development and Liaison Librarian, Dr. John Archer Library, University of Regina
  • Ann Smith, University Librarian (Acting), Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University
  • Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian, James A. Gibson Library, Brock University
  • Kimberly Silk, Ex-officio, CRKN Designate
  • Suzanne Bélanger (Secretary), CARL

Current Projects (COAWG Collaborators)

Library and University Press Collaboration: A Working Paper PDF

Canadian Journals Publisher Policies PDF

Library Open Access Publishing Funds PDF 

Outside the Four Corners: Examining Non-Traditional Scholarly Communications PDF


Publications & Resources

Library Open Access Funds in Canada: review and recommendations (2016)

  • Executive Summary PDF
  • Full Report PDF

Understanding, Promoting and Supporting the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers PDF

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications: Quick answers! PDF

Empowering Partnerships in the Open Access Era PDF

Open access goes mainstream: Supporting the Tri-Council harmonized OA policy PDF

Library Open Access Publishing Funds PDF

Canadian Libraries with Open Access Publishing Funds PDF



CARL's response to the CFHSS draft OA policy for Awards to Scholarly Publications Program monographs 

Science investigation highlights flaws in peer-review, not Open Access

How to avoid receiving a takedown notice from a publisher (and what to do if you get one!)



Implementing Open Access: CARL and CRKN Operationalize the Report of the CARL-CRKN Open Access Working Group

OTTAWA, April 9th 2013 - The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) are pleased to endorse the report and recommendations of the Joint CARL-CRKN Open Access Working Group (OAWG). 

The OAWG began work during the summer of 2011 under the leadership of Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian at Simon Fraser University. It consulted widely to gain a sense of the state of the progress of open access in Canada and arrive at a set of recommendations for CARL, CRKN, and Canadian university libraries generally. 

In addition to undertaking extensive research and discussion, the OAWG led a CARL-sponsored session on open access at the 2012 Canadian Library Association conference and brought the “Scholarly Communication Road Show” of the Association of College and Research Libraries to Canada under the sponsorship of the University of Toronto Libraries and CARL. Both of these events were well attended and received high marks from participants. 

The group presented a draft of its report to the CRKN Board of Directors and the CARL Scholarly Communication Committee during the summer of 2012. Member representatives of both CRKN and CARL discussed the draft report during the CRKN AGM in Halifax in October 2012 and a number of amendments were made based on feedback received. The CRKN Board of Directors and the CARL Scholarly Communication Committee reviewed the OAWG’s Final Report and Recommendations in November 2012. 

CARL library directors also reviewed the report and recommendations in November and voted their endorsement of it, as well as their thanks for the work of the group. CARL library directors will be working locally on recommendations about campus engagement in support of open access. Meanwhile, CRKN formally approved the recommendation promoting support for open access with the federal funding agencies, an activity already undertaken by CARL. CRKN also approved recommendations on a national sustainability model for open access and Canadian scholarly journals and will work with publishers to integrate open access measures into consortial licenses. 

CARL and CRKN have developed Terms of Reference for a new working group as a means of supporting the promotion of open access in the Canadian context. This new group will report to the CARL Scholarly Communication Committee, with the understanding that the membership will include a designated CRKN representative to work on its behalf and further its open access mandate in liaison with CRKN. It is hoped that library professionals with a strong interest in the promotion of open access will offer some of their time and ideas as members of this group to operationalize the remaining recommendations. A call for expressions of interest will be issued in the coming weeks by CARL and CRKN.