Four leading associations serving research universities - the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) - have issued a joint statement, 'The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship.' The statement is a call to action for universities to ensure the broadest possible access to the products of their work.
The statement is an outgrowth of a roundtable discussion hosted by the four organisations that engaged provosts, chief research officers, chief information officers, senior faculty, and library and university press directors. These leaders identified a set of actions that should be taken to expand the dissemination of the full range of products of the university community's research and scholarship. The call to action offers a broader vision for the university's role and provides a series of recommended actions, both for campus leaders and for collective action by the university community.
The complete document, 'The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship-A Call to Action,' is available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/disseminating-research-feb09.pdf.
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