[Libs-Or] Announcing the WINNERS of the 2009 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence!

Robin A. Paynter paynter at pdx.edu
Mon Aug 10 13:08:48 PDT 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence Winners 
*Janet Webster and Michael Boock*!

*Project:* /Open Access Mandate @ Oregon State University Libraries
*About the project (from the nomination essay):*
"On March 6, 2009 the library faculty at Oregon State University adopted 
an open access mandate requiring deposit of all their scholarly 
materials into the university's institutional repository. For years, 
librarians have been at the forefront of the push for OA, establishing 
and promoting IRs on our campuses, supporting PLoS, DOAJ, lobbying for 
the NIH mandate, etc. Librarians applauded the first-in-the-nation open 
access mandate approved by the Harvard faculty of Arts and Sciences in 
2008. Curiously, though, not a single library faculty association had 
adopted a similar mandate before OSU. In an environment where most 
libraries were merely talking about the need for OA mandates, the OSU 
library faculty took action.

This award recognizes initiatives that 
significantly improve Oregon 
libraries and librarianship and this is just such an initiative. OSU's 
mandate benefits libraries nationally and close to home. Through their 
actions, OSU has shown Oregon's librarians to be leaders in the move 
toward open access. This symbolic, 
put your money where your mouth is, 
power alone would be worthy of the award. However, Oregon's libraries 
will now also benefit from greatly increased access to the excellent 
scholarly output of our colleagues at OSU. As we face budget shortfalls 
and, specifically, journal cancellations, this access to scholarship 
will be even more crucial for advancing research in our field. Though 
the entire library faculty association at OSU deserves recognition for 
their leadership, two OSU librarians were the key drivers of this 
policy. Janet Webster, Head Librarian, Guin Library and Michael Boock, 
Head of Digital Access Services deserve special acknowledgment for 
conceiving of the idea and working tirelessly to see it through to 
acceptance. Janet and Michael are vigorous and eloquent advocates for 
OA. Without their efforts, there would not have been an OA policy for 
the faculty to approve."

Portland State University logo

*Robin Paynter*
Social Sciences Librarian
220D Library
Portland State University

paynter at pdx.edu

"The fragmentation of rational knowledge in the postmodern world has 
produced a focus on information that is unaware of its history." -- 
Marcus Breen (1997)

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