[Irtalk] Signing the Berlin Open Access Declaration
Smith, Ina <email@example.com>
ismith at sun.ac.za
Thu May 5 09:18:44 SAST 2011
The Berlin Declaration, issued in 2003, outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge, including encouraging researchers and cultural heritage custodians to make materials openly available. Most recently, both Harvard University and the International Federation of Library Associations added their names to the roster.
If your institution supports OA to research, please encourage management to sign this declaration:
Governments, universities, research institutions, funding agencies, foundations, libraries, museums, archives, learned societies and professional associations who share the vision expressed in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities are therefore invited to join the signatories that have already signed the Declaration.
Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss
President of the Max Planck Society
e-mail: praesident at gv.mpg.de<mailto:praesident at gv.mpg.de>
- There is a rule that the head of the respective organization should sign the Berlin Declaration (rector or vice-rector for research).
- There is no specific official document which needs be signed.
- The official letters (also via e-mail) of the leaders of the signatory organizations are filed, the name of the respective organization is added to the list of signatories and - of course - a reply is forwarded to the organizations thanking them and acknowledging their registration as signatories.
- Physically signing a printout of the declaration is a symbolic addition to the above mentioned procedure.
From: owner-liblicense-l at lists.yale.edu [mailto:owner-liblicense-l at lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Jennifer McLennan
Sent: 05 May 2011 04:33
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Subject: SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA: Focusing on the Berlin Open Access Declaration
For immediate release
May 3, 2011
SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA: Focusing on the Berlin Open Access
Washington, DC and Chicago, IL -- The upcoming SPARC-ACRL forum
on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held at the
American Library Association (ALA) meeting in New Orleans, LA,
will focus on expanding support for the Berlin Declaration on
Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The
Declaration, issued in 2003, outlines concrete steps to promote
the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge,
including encouraging researchers and cultural heritage
custodians to make materials openly available.
The goals of the declaration are advanced in part by an annual
conference of international leaders. In 2011, this meeting will
take place in North America for the first time, offering a unique
opportunity for the library community to continue its leadership
role in advancing Open Access. The Berlin Declaration has
garnered signatures from nearly 300 research institutions,
libraries, archives, museums, funding agencies, and governments
from around the world -- including the leaders of organizations
ranging from the Max Plank Society to the Chinese Academy of
Sciences, to Academia Europaea. Most recently, both Harvard
University and the International Federation of Library
Associations added their names to the roster.
The next SPARC-ACRL forum will explore the motivations behind the
Berlin Declaration and its impact on the global research
community. It will also present the opportunity for North
American libraries to encourage their institutions to sign onto
the document and become engaged in further advancing Open Access
by promoting the statement?s call to action.
The forum will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00
PM at the Morial Convention Center, Room 383. The ACRL Scholarly
Communications Discussion Group, which offers a more intimate
setting to explore topics in greater depth, will explore how we
can bring a global action like the Berlin Open Access Declaration
to our own institutions through our education and outreach
programs. The Discussion Group will be held Sunday, June 26,
from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the New Orleans Marriott, Mardi Gras H
Separate registration for this event is not required. For further
details on the forum, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/forum.
For details on the Berlin Declaration, visit
For details on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference, visit
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition),
with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance
of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to
create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC?s
advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs
encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a
division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents
nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested
individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in
North America that develops programs, products and services to
meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its
initiatives enable the higher education community to understand
the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning
and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer at arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
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