May 28, 2010

University of North Texas issues draft Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works

On May 7, the University of North Texas' Open Access Policy Committee issued a draft Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works.

http://openaccess.unt.edu/sites/default/files/05-10/OpenAccessPolicy_wem_7May2010.pdf

According to the Open Access @ UNT web site:

The Committee sees this as an initial step in broadening discussion by the UNT campus community on open access and the policy. The Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works. This draft was distributed to the UNT Faculty Senate at its May 12, 2010 meeting. The Committee will be disseminating information across campus about the policy in the coming weeks.

At this meeting, the UNT Faculty Senate voted to approve a Resolution for Consideration of an Open Access Policy for UNT Scholarship:

http://openaccess.unt.edu/sites/default/files/05-10/UNT_FacultySenate_ResolutionOnOpenAccess_12May2010.pdf

Resolution for Consideration of an Open Access Policy for UNT Scholarship

Approved by the UNT Faculty Senate, May 12, 2010

WHEREAS, the University of North Texas (UNT) is a state-funded public university, and

WHEREAS, UNT Faculty members are determined to take advantage of new technologies to increase access to their scholarly works among scholars worldwide, educators, policymakers, and the public, and

WHEREAS, UNT Faculty members engage in a wide range of scholarly activities that result in new knowledge, understandings, and expressions, and

WHEREAS, UNT Faculty members are committed to disseminating as widely as possible the results of their scholarly activities, and

WHEREAS, increased access and visibility of the scholarship serve UNT Faculty members' interests by promoting greater reach and impact, and

WHEREAS, the University's and Faculty members' status and reputation are enhanced when the scholarship is easily discoverable and accessible, and

WHEREAS, UNT Libraries play an essential role in providing broad accessibility to Faculty members' scholarly works and ensuring long-term stewardship and preservation of these works, no matter the format, and

WHEREAS, UNT Faculty members recognize the potential of open access (i.e., free, unrestricted, and online access) as a means to carry out their commitment to disseminate the products of their scholarship,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the University of North Texas Faculty Senate that it will consider the concept of open access to scholarly works, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if an open access policy is drafted, it will be submitted to the Faculty Senate for deliberation and consideration of support.

Posted by stemp003 at May 28, 2010 4:17 PM
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