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.