Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed reports that 22 colleges and universities across the country have banded together to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (Coapi). From the Chronicle article:

“The goal is to provide more practical advice and ideas for refining and expanding policies on our individual campuses but also to leverage those policies into action,” said Lorraine Haricombe, the dean of libraries at Kansas.

This is definitely an initiative for all open access advocates to keep an eye on, and I look forward to hearing more about the group’s efforts.

ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show

CUNY will host the ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show on Friday, June 3, 2011 at Brooklyn College. As part of this event, two expert presenters will offer a presentation and workshop entitled “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics,” which will focus on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication; copyright and intellectual property; economics; and open access. The program is targeted toward librarians and library staff who require a foundational understanding of these issues, including subject liaisons or those with new leadership assignments related to research and scholarly inquiry.

The two speakers for the workshop will be:

• Lee VanOrsdel, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University
• Joy Kirchner, Librarian, Collections, Licensing & Digital Scholarship, University of British Columbia Library

Following the ACRL workshop, afternoon break-out sessions will expand on issues raised by the presenters as well as related topics.

Please register at the following link:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact one of the planning committee co-chairs:

Bronwen Densmore
Instructional Design Librarian
Ursula C. Schwerin Library
New York City College of Technology

John Carey
Head Librarian
Health Professions Library
Hunter College – Brookdale Campus


Welcome to Open Access @ CUNY!

This site was created out of conversations and discussion surrounding the first CUNY Open Access Week that took place in October of 2010.

We hope that this site will be a place where we can share information about Open Access efforts by students and faculty across all of our campuses. Please help us to spread news here about initiatives and achievements of those here at CUNY as well as information about the wider movement for free culture and open access–get in touch with us if you would like to help educate and advocate for OA!

Current OA@CUNY advocates include:
Monica Berger, City Tech
Jill Cirasella, Brooklyn College
Bronwen Densmore, City Tech
Beth Evans, Brooklyn College
Alycia Sellie, Brooklyn College
Maura Smale, City Tech