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Fall message from Dean Haricombe

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall is now well underway, and I hope you are having a productive and enjoyable semester here at the University of Kansas. The faculty and staff at KU Libraries are here to help you in your teaching, research and learning. Our goal is to help you succeed, and we do that by creating pioneering pathways that benefit our students, faculty and staff.

As you may know, KU was the first public university in the nation to share faculty research with audiences beyond those with academic journal subscriptions. I’m pleased to report that KU has once again taken the lead in forming a coalition with 21 other universities and colleges with established faculty open access policies in North America — such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Duke University and Concordia University in Montreal — to establish the new Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions.

Known as COAPI, the group will collaborate and share implementation strategies and advocate on a national level for institutions with open access policies.

In July, I contacted deans and directors at universities and colleges with established open access policies and invited them to participate in a teleconference to discuss the possibility of organizing. During the July 19 teleconference, the group resolved to formalize as COAPI. Our next steps will include a preconference meeting at the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference in November in Washington, D.C.

Society depends on universities for the creation of new knowledge; we at KU understand well our responsibility to disseminate and share that knowledge to gain the most benefit for science and society.

It’s my hope that this new coalition will offer academic institutions an opportunity to stand together and establish open access to knowledge in the sciences and humanities as a broad societal norm.

I encourage you to learn more and participate during Open Access Week, October 24-28. KU Libraries will host a week of events for KU faculty, graduate students, and others who want to learn how open access affects them as authors and scholars.

Sessions will cover the benefits of open access to scholarship, publication agreements, and the future of scholarly publishing. Attendees also will learn about related resources and consultation services available to the KU Community. Visit http://openaccess.ku.edufor details; I hope you’ll join us for lively discussions and sessions geared toward both novices and those who are already participating in KU’s Open Access policy.

I invite you to stop in to any one of our six branches on the Lawrence campus, or at the Regents Center Library on the Edwards campus, to learn more about how KU Libraries can help you success in your endeavors here at KU.

Have a great semester!

lorraine j. haricombe
Dean, KU Libraries



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