Queens College Libraries Open Access Resolution

WHEREAS open access, either through open access publishers or online self-archiving, ensures the broader availability of scholarly research,

WHEREAS open access publishing can benefit faculty authors by allowing them to retain more rights to their own work, helping them to reach a wider audience, and reducing the lag time in publication,

WHEREAS serials prices have increased steeply and rapidly, overwhelming library budgets, and open access offers a partial solution to this crisis,

WHEREAS librarians and library organizations have long been leaders in the open access movement,

WHEREAS respected library organizations such as the Association of College and Research Libraries, the International Federation of Library Associations, and the Association of Research Libraries support open access,

WHEREAS the University Faculty Senate of the City University of New York has passed a resolution in support of policies encouraging faculty to make their work available through open access self-archiving,

WHEREAS Queens College does not yet have an institutional repository that would support such a policy,

RESOLVED that the Rosenthal Library should provide information about open access and scholarly communications issues for Queens College faculty members through whatever means are convenient and appropriate.