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. © 2010 Ada Emmett and Town Peterson This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit 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. RLI 269 7 Achieving Consensus on the University of Kansas Open-Access Policy ( C O N T I N U E D ) APRIL 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC 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 or e-mail Ada Emmett
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