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  Advancing Scholarly Communication Contact:
Julia Blixrud

Faculty Speak Out

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Researchers' Voices

Researchers and scholars provide the focus and the purpose for scholarly communication while libraries and librarians can be forceful advocates for positive change, the engagement of scholars and researchers is essential.

The Create Change program, sponsored by ARL, ACRL, and SPARC, seeks to address the crisis in scholarly communication by helping scholars regain control of the scholarly communication system—a system that should exist chiefly for them, their students, and their colleagues in the worldwide scholarly community, not primarily for the benefit of publishing businesses and their shareholders.

Faculty also speak out through the processes of faculty governance. Faculty and university senates have approved a variety of statements and policies about scholarly communication issues.