ANNOUNCEMENT - 14/10/2008
Subject: CLA Welcomes New Open Access Interest Group
This September, the CLA Executive approved the formation of a new Open Access Interest Group. Today, it is my pleasure on this First International Open Access Day (http://openaccessday.org/), to officially announce the formation of this group!
This group will follow on the recent work carried out by the CLA Open Access Task Force and will focus on one of the most important issues in the library world at present, particularly in the academic library community. The Open Access Interest Group will incorporate elements of the Information Commons Interest Group, which will be reconstituted.
The first co-conveners of the Interest Group will be Leah Vanderjagt and Lisa Goddard.
Terms of Reference
Membership in the Open Access Interest Group is open to all
CLA members. The CLA website is being modified to allow
registration in this group; expect a follow-up message when this is
ready. In the meantime, you can sign up for the CLA Open Access
Interest Group listserv by contacting Heather Morrison at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of this listserv is to allow
participants to share ideas and news about open access at their
respective institutions, in
This May, CLA adopted a Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries, which reads:
Whereas connecting users with the information they need is one of the library's most essential functions, and access to information is one of librarianship's most cherished values, therefore CLA recommends that Canadian libraries of all types strongly support and encourage open access.
CLA encourages Canadian libraries of all types to:
The CLA Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries is freely available on the CLA website, at:http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Position_Statements&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=5306
For further information, please contact: