Open access

University of Delaware Library announces open access resolution passage


8:07 a.m., April 23, 2015--The University of Delaware Library has announced that at the April 6 meeting of the Faculty Senate, members unanimously passed an open access resolution granting permission to make their scholarly journal articles openly accessible in the library’s institutional repository (UDSpace).

The result of nearly two years of work by the Faculty Senate Library Committee under the leadership of Steven M. Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Education and Human Development, the open access resolution affirms the faculty’s commitment to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. 

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As a result, the public, including nonprofit sector and government workers and scholars throughout the world, will now be able to enjoy the benefits of the scholarly work of the faculty of the University. 

The new open access policy implementing the resolution will support the faculty in a variety of ways. In addition to making their work more widely available, open access will facilitate greater impact of their work, simplify the retention of distribution rights and preserve the deposited works.

In passing the open access resolution, UD faculty members join their colleagues at Harvard, MIT, Rutgers, Duke, the University of California system and many other private and public universities and colleges.

“Open access to our scholarship is simply the right thing to do. Practitioners and scholars throughout the world, especially those working for nonprofits and governments, need access to the latest research and cannot afford the high cost of buying articles they need,” said Eidelman.

“The benefits of open access are topped by the broader availability of the distinguished scholarship of University of Delaware faculty. The open access policy will make access to such scholarship have greater reach and impact on a worldwide basis,” said Susan Brynteson, vice provost and May Morris University Librarian.

Catherine Wojewodzki, librarian and scholarly communication officer, stated, “Over the next few months, the library will create procedures and forms to make deposit as seamless as possible for faculty.” 

The new open access policy and supporting information have been posted at this website.

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