Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In celebration of Open Access Week - Notice of Oberlin Group and the Berlin Declaration

At the annual October meeting of the Oberlin Group the members present voted to endorse the Berlin Declaration. 
From our website - The Oberlin Group: A Consortium of Liberal Arts College Libraries endorses the Berlin Declaration:   Atlanta, GA – At its 2011 annual meeting at the Atlanta University Center and Agnes Scott College on October 6, 7, and 8, the Oberlin Group agreed to become a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The library directors noted that the colleges they represent are important components of our nation’s scientific and scholarly productivity, that their colleges’ faculty actively pursue research, much of it with government funding, and that their graduates go on to obtain Ph.D. degrees or take leadership roles in many sectors of society and the economy. Liberal arts college libraries also hold important collections of cultural heritage material, much of which is already openly available via the Internet. Oberlin Group spokesperson Richard Fyffe, Librarian of the College at Grinnell College, observed that “the Berlin Declaration is consistent with the commitment to the common good that is fundamental to the missions of the liberal arts colleges we represent, and to American librarianship itself. The Consortium is pleased to lend its support to the Berlin Declaration in time for its North American meeting.”
For a list of signatories see