ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, Draft Revision Feedback

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) is seeking community input on proposed revisions to the ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The policy statement was initially developed by ReSEC with feedback from members and the broader community, then vetted by the ACRL Standards Committee. After approval of the statement by ACRL, discussions suggested that a broader definition of scholarship would be embraced by the community. Feedback in 2017 from the Library Publishing Coalition Forum, in particular, recommended that products across the lifecycle of scholarship ought to be included more explicitly in the statement.

ReSEC is proposing revisions in order to make a more inclusive and forceful case for openness across all types of scholarship and scholarly products, and to provide a model for citation. As scholarship is a dynamic enterprise, ever changing in its goals and methods, ReSEC views the statement as a living document, subject to further changes with the future evolution of scholarship. Please review the draft revision (PDF) on the ACRL website and send your feedback by July 1, 2018 to Steven Harris (stevenharris@unr.edu).