UPDATED POST April 5, 2018 It’s Time For the Us To Get Serious About Funding Open Access (via NatureIndex)
Today, to accelerate toward free readership for all, the University of California Libraries published Pathways to Open Access, a toolkit for campuses and research institutions to help make more knowledge openly available.
The resource aims to help research libraries and institutions throughout the world, by empowering them with information that could enable them to redirect their spending away from high-cost subscription services and toward sustainable open access scholarly publishing.
“Essentially no research institutions in the world,” says UC Berkeley University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, “can afford to provide their scholars with access to the full corpus of scholarly literature being produced and then sequestered behind increasingly out-of-reach subscription paywalls that yield major academic publishers a nearly 40 percent profit margin.”
While originally created to help UC library decision-making, the Pathways toolkit was also designed to be used by any institution wrestling with choices about how to repurpose its funds. To maximize the toolkit’s impact in helping libraries and research institutions throughout North America make data-driven decisions, the UC libraries will jointly hold a working forum in October. The forum will offer institutional leaders the opportunity to develop actionable reinvestment plans that are suited for their own campuses. Details about the event will be circulated in the coming months.
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