based repository program to start harvesting PubMed Central content that is
coded as fully open access. NLM staff at the meeting expressed interest in
working on such a project with a small group of libraries.
2. With copyright concerns limiting so much that can be done, actions leading
to an environment with broad licensing of copyrights to various parties are
an important early step toward the development of more powerful
One approach is to develop a framework of elements that describe the
limited license rights that institutions need to support exchange of content
between repositories, ongoing dissemination from repositories, and reuse of
content to support further research and scholarly exchange.
Similarly, and possibly simultaneously, there is a need for a “universal
addendum” for author-publisher agreements that facilitates the grant of a
limited license to an author’s funding organization and affiliated
institution. This would be a valuable tool for creating the rights
environment needed to move content between repositories and allow
institutions to provide deposit services.
Another way to advance toward the desired copyright-sharing
environment would be for libraries to engage in conversations with
publishers about appropriate rights-management practices on behalf of the
authors at their institution. One avenue where this could occur is through
negotiations libraries engage in with publishers to license journal products.3
Particularly with large publishers, including discussion of rights
assignments for works authored by affiliates of the licensing institution
could be an efficient approach.
In addition, as many journals are published by scholarly societies, this
opens an opportunity for librarians to pursue conversations with campus
faculty who are members of those societies to ensure that the societies
understand the importance of granting limited licenses of author copyrights
to academic and other institutions that support researchers and scholars.
There is a continuing role for advocacy, both nationally and locally, to
preserve existing deposit requirements and expand opportunities for
funded research to be placed in disciplinary and institutionally based
3. As researchers and institutions are beginning to adapt to an environment
where article deposit is routine, it is also important to pursue steps that
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