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Talking open access

Friday, April 27, 2012
Hillary Corbett
h.corbett [at]
(617) 373-2352
Scholarly Communication

Open access is more than a buzzword — it’s changing how faculty are approaching publication.

As part of Scholarly Communication services, the library supports open access initiatives across campus in two ways: through publishing support for researchers via Open Access channels, and by increasing institutional support for other open publishing and teaching opportunities, such as open educational resources. Whether your interest lies in managing and promoting your rights as an author, complying with the NIH Public access publication policy, or discovering more about the open access options available to you for publishing, the library will be happy to support you.

A piece of the library’s open access effort goes into coalition-building to broaden support beyond just the Northeastern campus — open access is an international phenomenon. To that end, a group from Northeastern including Provost Stephen Director, Senior Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Education Mel Bernstein, Dean of Libraries Will Wakeling, and Scholarly Communication Librarian Hillary Corbett, attended the “Sloan Summit II: Open Access – Mission and Mandate,” hosted by the Boston Library Consortium at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston this January.

The program provided an opportunity for University administrators — especially provosts and vice presidents of research — and Boston Library Consortium members to explore open access to research, specifically how to remove the price and permission barriers involved in reading scholarly works, and determine appropriate activities for their institutions.

The Northeastern delegation at the Sloan Summit II (left to right): Vice Provost Mel Bernstein, Provost Stephen Director, Dean of Libraries Will Wakeling, and Scholarly Communication Librarian Hillary Corbett.

The Northeastern contingent came away with a renewed interest in supporting open access to research. “Ultimately, success for the open-access movement will depend jointly on the commitment of individual scholars and appropriate institutional support,” Dean Wakeling said. “The result can be an increase in the range and quality of freely available scholarship, and major improvements in the resources available to the academy and the community at large to solve problems and advance knowledge.”


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