[Oa-italia] Open access - Resolution for the IFLA General Assembly, Saturday August 14th, 2010
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Spedisco il testo della risoluzione dell'Assemblea generale dell'IFLA
del 14 agosto 2010; la risoluzione č stata pubblicata su "IFLA Express",
no. 4, 2010. E' stata approvata all'unanimitā, quindi anche con il voto
pesante dell'AIB che dispone di 30 quote. Spero che una risoluzione
simile sia approvata anche al Congresso AIB di Firenze.
Resolution for the IFLA General Assembly, Saturday August 14^th , 2010
IFLA`s position on and future activities related to the promotion of
Open Access to Scholarly Literature.
We highly welcome that IFLA´s president so strongly has placed Open
Access on top of IFLA`s agenda.
In line with this and as a follow-up to the statement on 'Open access to
Scholarly Literature and Research documentation
<http://archive.ifla.org/V/cdoc/open-access04.html>` taken by the
Governing Board in 2004, we ask that IFLA in its relevant activities and
communications take an explicit and clear stand on the Open Access
issues and that it develops a strategy for action. As an organization of
library groups and librarians, we now wish to point IFLA even more
energetically to a desired endstate of widest possible information
access for all: where possible, in collaboration with other partners in
the academic, public, publishing, and other communities.
Libraries and librarians are among the most important drivers in the
global movement for Open Access. Open, unrestricted and immediate access
to information is a fundamental requirement for the development of
societies, for participatory governments and for the improvement of
global health and human well-being. Such access also enables libraries
and librarians to become maximally effective in supporting these
The current predominant model – for example, of high-priced
subscriptions to academic journals – is not sustainable and is not
optimal for societal benefits in an age of new technology and
For example, about 300 universities, research centers, research funders,
academic and library associations have signed the Berlin Declaration on
Open Access and bodies of research and higher education as well as
political bodies all over the world have publicly endorsed the principle
of Open access to publicly funded research.
The following recommendations have been compiled by the organizers of
the IFLA Satellite Meeting on Open Access and the Changing Role of
Libraries that was held on August 9 in Gothenburg:
- IFLA should reduce the definitional confusion by explicitly referring
to Open Access according to the definition in the Berlin Declaration.and
in relations and discussions with organizations such as UN, UNESCO, WHO,
WIPO - etc. take an explicit position, affirming that Open Access is
required in order for libraries to fulfill their role, for societies to
develop, for the improvement of global health and human well-being.
- IFLA should work with key organizations that explicitly focus on Open
Access and partner with or support initiatives, and community funded
services that are in line with Open Access, prepare a joint statement
with OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) and support
all efforts to develop sustainable business models for Open Access
- IFLA should encourage its member associations and institutions to
build capacity and to engage in activities that promote Open Access,
engage its relevant sections, committees etc. in making the Open Access
issue strongly visible in their activities and make official IFLA
publications available in an Open Access mode.
Text of resolution:
The General Assembly
- calls upon IFLA to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to
Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
- calls upon the Governing Board to request a White Paper on Open Access
that clarifies IFLA:s position and strategy for action concerning Open
Access and other areas of information.
- The Presidents Working Group for Open Access should be commissioned to
prepare this White paper.
- The White Paper will among other matters elaborate on recommendations
that have been compiled by the organizers of the IFLA Satellite Meeting
on Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries that was held on
August 9 in Gothenburg.
Prof. Mauro Guerrini
Universitā di Firenze
Dipartimento Medioevo e Rinascimento
Piazza Brunelleschi 4
50121 Firenze - Italia
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