I’m pleased to announce that tonight, Florida State University’s faculty senate unanimously adopted a resolution supporting open access. (I’ve been a M.S. student in the School of Library & Information Studies since 2010; unfortunately, I didn’t know about this effort until tonight.)
The resolution itself would have been cutting-edge five years ago. The text is weak compared to policies at leading institutions: it “endorses the storage and preservation of scholarly publications in Florida State University’s open access institutional repository”, directs the libraries to “develop policies and procedures”, and calls for an annual report. Unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes. Based on the plain text of the resolution, there’s no mandatory deposit, the key element of successful open access policies. As a result, we can expect compliance to be weak. However, as Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communications Project Manager at FSU, notes, it’s a first step. Hopefully this resolution will spark a dialog, creating greater awareness and understanding, leading to the adoption of a mandatory policy in the near future. Meanwhile, kudos to the FSU faculty and those who worked to develop this policy.