ALIA open access statement

Background

The Australian Library and Information Association promotes the free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information and creative works.  This is a core value of the Association.

We support the principle of open access while acknowledging the challenge of finding viable economic models to support it. There is an argument for making original reports member-only, for example, recognising the need to provide members with tangible benefits.  However, this runs counter to our underlying belief in open access.

Against this background, ALIA has adopted full open access for the majority of our own reports, conference papers and other grey literature; member-only access for certain unique, high value materials, and green open access for our scholarly journals.

Statement

The Australian Library and Information Association promotes the free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information and creative works. This is a core value of the Association.

ALIA supports Australian libraries in their efforts to work towards open access:

  • Participating in the open access debate and policy-development in all fora
  • Raising awareness of the benefits of open access –  to authors from increased visibility, usage and impact of their work; to publishers from increased visibility and increased readership; and to the nation from the greater dissemination of knowledge
  • Creating repositories for research outputs
  • Developing digital archives to enable access to Australian cultural heritage
  • Providing economic and technical support for open access publishing.

 

Adopted 24 February 2014