Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Pursuant to the University of California (UC) Council of University Librarian’s (CoUL)1 3 August 2017 charge, this Pathways to OA Working Group2 has identified the current universe of Open Access (OA) approaches, and has analyzed the suite of strategies available for effectuating those approaches. Each approach described within this Pathways document offers unique and, in some cases, overlapping challenges, opportunities, and room for experimentation. The strategies examined here create space and freedom for the campuses to pursue both individualized and connected paths toward a large-scale transition to OA—though as we highlight below, collective action on implementing the strategies is likely to bear greater fruit. To help guide such a path forward, we identify possible next steps that each or all of the UC libraries can pursue to advance each approach.

Definitions 1

Approaches & Strategies 2

Green OA 2

Gold OA, APC-based 12

Gold OA, Non-APC Funded 23

Universal Strategies 28

Possible Next Steps 35

Green OA 35

Gold OA, APC-based 36

Gold OA, Non-APC-based 37

Universal Strategies 38

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