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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!


Video Killed the Radio Star.

Adobe CaptivateI get to make some Adobe Captivate videos at work and it is fun! I feel like Steven Spielberg. I sit in my office with my headphones on, murmuring, “Highlight Box goes her to underscore the name of the webpage.” And people look through the doorway and think I’m doing complex technical things. I’ve switched my office chair to a director’s chair and have taken to wearing a beret. The students mock me, but I think they’re just jealous of my genius?!

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O.A., eh oh.

As I’ve mentioned before, I was Managing Editor of the Faculty of Information Quarterly at school, but in my new capacity as an academic library, I serve on the York University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Committee. All of a sudden, instead of just complaining about the inherent evil of journal vendors, I actually have to learn about tangible issues! Ah crap!Journals

One of the movements sweeping the world of academic publishing is the Open Access movement. I didn’t realllly get it until I attended some sessions on the topic at the CLA Annual Conference. And then had to explain it to non-librarians (the true test of knowledge).

I had to sum up my job to parents, and in doing so, found myself explaining in the simplest terms possible, the whole “Open Access” movement. I told them this:

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I work haaaard for the moneh. So haaard for the moneh.

As you might have inferred from my updated bio, I’ve just started a new job at York University. And so far: So good. It’s the one-week anniversary (weekiversary?) of my start-date, and basically I try to come to work everyday and learn AS MUCH AS I CAN about all the stuff I have to do. As you can probably imagine: There is no shortage ofSchulich and Bronfman pic work for me in this area. I carry a notebook and pen with me wherever I go, and scribble furiously. It’s becoming my calling card.

I’m working at the Bronfman Library, which is situated in the gorgeous Schulich Building. I’ll be doing all sorts of academic librarian-type stuff: Reference, instruction, liaison, collections development, research, and committee work. It’s gonna be FUN.

For now, I’m focusing on developing my subject specializations, learning the ropes (reference – eek!), and staying ORGANIZED (the true key to success!).  I will post more insights from the field as I wiggle my way into this new role; for now though, my brain is set to “Intake” rather than “Output.” I’ll keep ya posted!