• Develop institutional policies that enable the university to disseminate the
full range of its community’s products now and in the future.
• Where local dissemination infrastructure exists (such as institutional
repositories), promote its use and expand its capabilities as required.
Where needed, build new infrastructure that supports documentation of
the products of faculty work, both for grant management and compliance
and for more general purposes.
• Seek opportunities to invest in shared dissemination infrastructure with other
institutions—through shared facilities or by contributing funds to the
development of dissemination services by another institution.
• Encourage faculty authors to modify contracts with publishers so that their
contracts permit immediate open access or delayed public access to peer
reviewed work in a manner that does not threaten the viability of the
journals or monographs.
• Develop policies or strategies that redirect resources from high-cost/low-
value dissemination practices to development of dissemination
mechanisms residing inside the academy.
• Where universities support presses, work to realign presses more directly
with the university mission. Encourage press investments in dissemination
activities that correspond to areas of excellence on campus. Consider
revising reporting relationships to encourage collaboration between presses
and libraries. Invest in press/library collaborations.
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Networked Information, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
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To cite this article: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries,
Coalition for Networked Information, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant
Colleges. “The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship—A Call to
Action.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 262 (February
2009): 1–6. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/.
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For information on how a research library could use the Call to Action statement locally to stimulate
and inform discussions, see the ARL Scholarly Communication Web site on Institutional Policies,