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June 23, 2005

Canadian Library Association endorses Open Access

"The Canadian Library Association (CLA) adopted A Resolution on Open Access on June 17, 2005.

Excerpt: Whereas connecting users with the information they need is one of a library's most essential functions, and access to information is one of librarianship's most cherished values; and Whereas scholars and funders of research desire to share their research results and enhance the impact of their research; and Whereas the scholarly publishing industry has been experiencing a cycle of price increases above inflation rates, leading to library cancellations, leading to further price increases, and so forth, with no relief in sight, and has thus negatively impacted access to research; and Whereas the Open Access alternative involves making peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles freely available over the web through open access journals and/or author self-archiving; [...] Be it resolved that the CLA formally declare its commitment to Open Access by signing the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities; and Be it resolved that CLA implement Open Access as expeditiously as possible, and CLA Executive Council report back to the next Annual General Meeting with regards to progress. "

Source: P. Suber. Canadian Library Association endorses OA. OANews Blog (19 June 2005) [FullText]

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