York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists


Check out this very interesting article by Michael Geist in the Toronto Star today; it mentions York Libraries’ OA policy (and the relative failure of Canadian universities to hope on the bandwagon):http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/technology/article/712135–law-bytes-canadian-universities-closed-minded-on-open-access


Awesome news from work!

I mentioned that I’m on the Scholarly Communications committee at York Libraries and that I heart open access. Soooo I was pretty stoked that the OA policy our Committee drafted was passed unanimously by our Librarians’ Group. My homeboys John Dupuis and Bill Denton, fellow lieberrians-in-arms blogged about it too. Here’s the announcement:

From h_pampel, Flickr. Uploaded on June 7, 2009; accessed October 14, 2009.

From h_pampel, Flickr. Uploaded on June 7, 2009; accessed October 14, 2009.

York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists

We are proud to announce that an Open Access Policy was passed unanimously by the librarians and archivists of York University on 1 October, 2009.

Librarians and archivists at York University recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas, creating knowledge and ensuring that it is available as widely as possible. In keeping with our long-standing support of the Open Access movement, York librarians and archivists move to adopt a policy which would ensure our research is disseminated as widely as possible and available in perpetuity through deposit in York’s institutional repository, YorkSpace.

Policy Statement

Academic librarians and archivists at York University1 commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in YorkSpace.

The York University academic librarian and archivist complement grant York University Libraries the non-exclusive right to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the YorkSpace institutional repository subject to copyright restrictions.


This policy applies to all scholarly and professional work produced as a member of York University academic staff produced as of the date of the adoption of this policy. Retrospective deposit is encouraged. Co-authored works should be included with the permission of the other author(s). Examples of works include:

  • Scholarly and professional articles
  • Substantive presentations, including slides and text
  • Books/book chapters
  • Reports
  • Substantive pedagogical materials such as online tutorials

Works should be deposited in YorkSpace as soon as is possible, recognizing that some publishers may impose an embargo period.

This policy is effective as of October 1, 2009 and will
be assessed a year after implementation.

Yay us! And just in time for Open Access Week!


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