• SPEC Kit 311: Public Access Policies (August 2009)
    Author(s): Sarli, Cathy; Dubinsky, Ellen; Engeszer, Bob; Lewis, Ruth

    This SPEC Kit explores the role ARL member libraries are playing in supporting public access policies in their institutions.

    The survey was distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in February 2009. Respondents were asked to provide information on staffing, partnerships, and resources and services developed for public access policy (PAP) compliance support, and the challenges related to providing such support. Seventy libraries (57%) from sixty-seven institutions responded to the survey. Of the respondents, sixty-three were at libraries located within the United States (90%) and seven were at libraries located in Canada (10%).

    The majority of the responding libraries provide, or plan to provide, resources and services that help authors affiliated with their institution (and/or the author’s support staff) to comply with public access policies. Thirty-seven respondents (53%) indicated that more than one library within their system provides PAP compliance support; eleven (16%) indicated that just one library within their institution is providing this support. Four other institutions (6%) are planning to support PAP compliance. Of the libraries that do not provide such support, eight (11%) indicated that another department or unit within their institution provides compliance support. Eight others (11%) responded that their institution offers no PAP compliance support.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of PAP Web sites, compliance FAQs and flowcharts, handouts and slides from presentations to faculty and library staff, and sample letters to publishers.

    Sarli, Cathy, Ellen Dubinsky, Bob Engeszer, and Ruth Lewis. Public Access Policies. SPEC Kit 311. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, August 2009.