Columbia University Senate

Libraries and Digital Resources Committee

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
9:30 am, 407 Low

1.      Introductions and welcome to new members

2.      Open Access Policy Discussion: Columbia University Libraries is joining
a growing movement among universities and research institutions to make scholarly
research free and available to the public online. The Libraries is among the
first departments at the university to adopt an open access resolution,
which calls for faculty and other researchers to post their journal articles
in online repositories such as Columbia’s Academic Commons  <>.

In January, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory became the first
program (
at Columbia to adopt an open access  resolution.

The resolution for the Libraries, which went into effect on June 1, 2011,
requires librarians and other professional staff members to deposit their
published scholarly works into Academic Commons or another repository
that makes the work publicly available. By posting articles in an
open-access repository, authors are able to make their works freely
accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection and
discoverable via Google Scholar and other search tools, thus promoting a
wider dissemination of research and information.

"The Libraries at Columbia have championed open access to research,” James
G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian,
said. “It is appropriate that its professional staff should model this
policy and place their works in repositories for wide access and use.”

The resolution covers only scholarly journal articles and is not
retroactive. There is an opt-out feature built into the resolution, with
respect to publishing an article in a journal that insists on exclusivity.
The resolution will also cover Health Sciences Library professional staff.

The full open access resolution policy can be found online at>libraries-information-services-open-access-policy

3. Update from Jim Neal on the status of the Health Sciences Library.

4. Discussion of the Libraries Committee joining forces with the Plant
    and Operations Committee to oversee identification of sites of
    historic achievements at Columbia University - e.g., Introduction of
    the first electrocardiogram machine in North America by Prof. Horatio
    Williams in 1912, T.H. Morgan's Fly lab, the laboratory in which Prof
    T.D. Lee discovered breaking of parity, the laboratory in which Drs
    Freda and Gorman found anti-Rh IgG protects Rh-incompatible babies vs.
    Rh disease, the Laboratory in which Michael Heidelberger initiated
    the science of immunochemistry, Elvin Kabat's immunology lab, etc.

5. Any other business