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Scholarly Communications Activities from MLA and other Organizations

MLA Reports and Statements

Other Scholarly Communications Initiatives

In addition to actively addressing the issues of "public access" and "open access" many organizations have established scholarly communications programs that focus on the broader concepts of scholarly publishing and communication, including education, coalition building, the development of new scholarly communications models, journal costs, digital preservation, and more. This page provides links to some of these initiatives and associated resources.

  • ARIADNE
    This web magazine for information professionals working in archives, libraries, and museums, was established in 1996, and addresses current digital library initiatives as well as technological developments further afield.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
    ACRL's scholarly Communication initiative was launched in 2002, with the goals of creating increased access to scholarly information; fostering cost-effective alternative means of publishing, especially those that take advantage of electronic information technologies; and encouraging scholars to assert greater control over scholarly communications.
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)
    The AAHSL Scholarly Communication Committee was established in February 2003 to develop, recommend, and guide the implementation of a plan and activities in support of the association’s stand on the range of issues relating to scholarly communication, including models of scholarly publishing, pricing or licensing of print and electronic resources, and the development of strategies and activities to inform, educate, and collaborate with academic health sciences administrators, faculty, other stakeholders and organizations, and among the AAHSL membership.
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
    ARL's scholarly communications program addresses the development of effective, extensible, sustainable, and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier-free access to quality information, and works to create new models for scholarly exchange that build on the widespread adoption of digital technologies and networking for research, teaching, and learning.
  • Budapest Open Access Initiative
    The open access initiative is the result of a meeting that included researchers, universities, laboratories, libraries, foundations, journals, publishers, learned societies, and kindred open-access initiatives where the participants discussed how they could use their resources most productively to aid the transition to open access and to make open-access publishing economically self-sustaining.
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF)
    DLF is an international association of libraries and allied institutions. Its mission is to enable new research and scholarship of its members, students, scholars, lifelong learners, and the general public by developing an international network of digital libraries. DLF relies on collaboration, the expertise of its members, and a nimble, flexible, organizational structure to fulfill its mission.
  • HINARI
    The HINARI access to research program, set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 6000 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 108 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.
  • Information Access Alliance
    The Information Access Alliance (IAA) is a joint initiative of leading US national library organizations to address problems in the scholarly and legal publishing markets, which are characterized by insupportably high prices, accelerating industry consolidation, and anti-competitive practices by some large publishers.
  • JSTOR
    JSTOR is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive. Its overarching aims are to preserve a record of scholarship for posterity and to advance research and teaching in cost–effective ways. It operates a research platform that deploys information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship, and collaborates with organizations that can help to achieve its objectives and maximize the benefits for the scholarly community.
  • Research Information Network (RIN)
    RIN was set up in 2005 for an initial period of three years by a consortium of United Kingdom sponsors: the four Higher Education funding bodies, the three National Libraries, and the seven Research Councils. This support has been extended until 2011. The RIN's fundamental role is to undertake evidence-based research into information and data issues related to professional researchers, particularly academic researchers.
  • SHERPA
    Sherpa is a partnership of research-led institutions that came together to form a repository, and follow up with a series of projects to develop tools to assist others in locating and developing repositories.
  • Scholarly Communication and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
    SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.
  • Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science
    These principles outline the commitment of not-for-profit publishers to work in partnership with scholarly communities such as libraries to “ensure that these communities are sustained, science is advanced, research meets the highest standards and patient care is enhanced with accurate and timely information.”

For further information, contact Mary Langman, 312.419.9094 x27.