“We are at an inflection point in the environment of Big Deals, publisher negotiations, and the evolution of open access models. The 39 libraries that make up the Greater Western Library Alliance reflect a diversity of strategies to address their campus pressures and budget outlook, and their paths to open scholarship. In addition, we are preparing for a significant staffing transition among the GWLA staff.
In this time of change and uncertainty, it is important that we remind ourselves and declare the values and principles that bind us together. These licensing principles are an articulation of our values and priorities applied to all of our licenses and agreements for resources to support the teaching and research at our institutions….
Sharing of individual articles by faculty and students with colleagues for scholarly research use is an established norm to support research, scholarship, and scholarly communication. Our agreements should support this ‘scholarly sharing.’
Knowledge belongs in the commons. GWLA libraries support the worldwide endeavor to further knowledge and discovery through open scholarship. GWLA libraries will work with vendors to investigate and offer various paths to securing open dissemination of research output.”