January 25, 2022

McGill University Library Council Revises Open Access Statement

From McGill University:

The McGill Library Council has revised its Open Access statement, reaffirming McGill University Librarians and Archivists’ commitment to free and universal access to their research conducted at the University.

The new statement was adopted on April 20, refining the previous declaration approved in 2012. The core values of that statement have not changed, said Robin Desmeules, McGill Cataloguing Librarian and chair of the Standing Committee on Scholarly Communications, which updated the statement passed by the Library Council. But the current version has been fine-tuned to clarify why and how Librarians and Archivists at McGill will publish as openly as possible.

The open-access movement has gained traction worldwide, said Desmeules, and the statement has been revised largely in light of two major changes: constantly evolving copyright legislation, and recent requirements by the Tri-Council, the three major Canadian agencies that grant research funds, stipulating that access to that research be publicly and openly available. Hence the reworded statement, which drew inspiration from two other institutions, the Brock University Library Council and the Simon Fraser University Senate.

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