open-access policy pass twice. The process took two full academic years, and
considerable investment of time and effort by members of the KU faculty and
administration, including library faculty in
leadership roles within the Faculty Senate.
Achieving reasonable levels of consensus across
such a diverse faculty required diplomacy,
patience, forethought, and careful crafting of
presentations and messages to faculty.
The KU open-access initiative now is in the
hands of librarians and staff at the Center for
Digital Scholarship within the libraries, with the
Dean of Libraries having been selected to serve in
the role of “Provost’s Designate” for policy issues
and implementation. The initiative has entered a
“build-out” phase, in which more educational
efforts aimed at preparing the remainder of the
faculty for participation will be combined with
implementation of the final details of supportive
technology (e.g., Web interfaces and reporting modules), rights-management
and submission assistance for faculty. Open-access policy activities and
participation are expected to ramp up dramatically over the coming two years.
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To cite this article: Ada Emmett and Town Peterson. “Achieving Consensus
on the University of Kansas Open-Access Policy.” Research Library Issues:
A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 269 (April 2010): 5–7.
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/archive/rli269.shtml.
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Ada Emmett served on the ad hoc subcommittee in
2008–2009, and subsequently led the 2009–2010
implementation task force, which achieved the
second and final approval of the policy. Town
Peterson chaired the aforementioned ad hoc
subcommittee in 2008–2009, during which the
original policy was approved, and in 2009–2010 he
served as a member of the implementation task
force. For information and documentation about the
process at the University of Kansas and about the
assistance, both informational and in-person, offered
to faculty, please see http://openaccess.ku.edu/
or e-mail Ada Emmett aemmett@ku.edu.
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