Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Launch of Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians (OAWAL)

Given the rapid expansion of open access content both by commercial entities and academic institutions, Graham Stone, University of Huddersfield and Jill Emery, Portland State University have created a wiki/blog encapsulating the major building blocks of open access management in the academic library setting.

 The intention of OAWAL is that it will be an openly accessible wiki/blog site for librarians working on the management of open access content. We hope that librarians can build on OAWAL to create context sensitive workflows at their given institutions. We are crowdsourcing feedback from the scholarly communication community currently working with open access management to see if these concept overviews are of value and if there are others that should be included.

You can find OAWAL at:

You can submit feedback to this project via the comments sections of the blog or directly via email to Graham Stone (G.Stone at or Jill Emery (Jill.Emery at

We also encourage anyone who has existing workflows in place to share these with us in order to help build a repository of OA management examples. Graham Stone and Jill Emery will  be hosting roundtable discussions on this project at ER&L, if attending please join us for this discussion: Introducing OAWAL:crowdsourcing best practices for open access workflows in academiclibraries. In: Electronic Resources & Libraries 2014, 16-19 March 2014, AT&T Conference Center Austin, Texas.

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