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 repository services. 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 repositories. 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 RLI 263 30 Achieving the Full Potential of Repository Deposit Policies ( C O N T I N U E D ) APRIL 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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