Open Access Week:
Library Strategies for
Advancing Change
Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian,
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Andrew Waller, Licensing and Negotiations Librarian
and Open Access Librarian, University of Calgary
with Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC
University Corporation for
Atmospheric Research
Jamaica Jones
A
t the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR),
Open Access Week 2009 provided an opportunity to raise
awareness about openness in scientific research. UCAR is
sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to manage the National
Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a Federally Funded Research and
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JUNE 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Over the past several years, libraries have strategically brought to bear the power of a global awareness event
we call “Open Access Week” to advance real, policy-driven scholarly communication change on campus. Initiated
by students and marked by just a few dozen campuses in 2007, Open Access Week has evolved into a truly
global phenomenon thanks to the ongoing leadership of the library community. Not simply an awareness-raising
exercise, librarians have made Open Access Week a platform for advancing specific policy changes on research
sharing and dissemination, including institution-wide commitments to open access. In anticipation of Open
Access Week 2010 (October 18–24) and beginning to formulate local strategies, SPARC has invited two leading
participants from 2009 to share in the following two articles how the event helped them to advance open access
to research. For more details about plans and developments around Open Access Week 2010, visit
http://www.openaccessweek.org/ or contact Jennifer McLennan jennifer@arl.org.
—Jennifer McLennan