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  Advancing Scholarly Communication Contact:
Julia Blixrud
Faculty Speak Out


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Promoting positive change in scholarly communication is not only a concern of libraries or campus administrators. Faculty governance bodies at many universities are addressing a range of scholarly communication issues, expressing their concerns, and issuing statements of support for actions they believe will strengthen the scholarly communication system. Examples of statements from ARL members are provided here.

A new strategy was adopted by the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences when they passed a resolution creating a new policy - one that grants the university a license to distribute faculty members journal articles for non-commercial purposes. “Harvard to collect, disseminate scholarly articles for faculty”, February 12, 2008.

University of Oregon University Senate passed an, “Initiative to protect the rights of faculty authors of scholarly publications”, February 13, 2008.

Faculty Senate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst passed, “A Resolution on Scholarly Publishing ,” May 10, 2007 [PDF]

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) provosts have issued a joint statement on author rights management. Member institutions are endorsing the statement including: University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign); Indiana University; University of Iowa; University of Michigan; Michigan State University; University of Minnesota; Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin-Madison. See:

University of California System:

University of California, Santa Cruz, Committee on the Library, “Resolutions on Scholarly Publishing,” May 2005 [PDF]

Case Western University, Faculty Senate Resolution on Open Access Publishing, April 2005 [PDF]

“Columbia University Senate Endorses Resolution on Open Access and Scholarly Communication,” April 2005

University of California, Berkeley, “Scholarly Publishing Statement of Principles,” March 2005 [PDF]

Cornell University, “Faculty Senate Endorses Resolution on Open Access and Scholarly Communication,” March 2005

University of Kansas “Resolution on Access to Scholarly Information,” March 2005

University of Wisconsin-Madison, “ Resolution in Support of Accessible Scholarly and Scientific Publication,” March 2005 [PDF]

University of California, Irvine, "Joint Resolution on Scholarly Communication and Faculty Copyrights," UCI Academic Senate Assembly Council on Computing, Research, and Library Resources UCI Libraries, November 2004

University of Connecticut, “Faculty Senate Resolution on the Crisis in Scholarly Communication

University of California, Santa Cruz, Committee on the Library, “Resolution on Ties with Elsevier Journals,” October 2003 [PDF]

University of California system, Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee, “Resolution G: Digital Library Journal Collecting Principle,” April 2003