On October 1, 2009 librarians and archivists at York University Libraries voted unanimously to adopt the following policy:

York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists
Librarians and archivists at York University recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas, creating knowledge and ensuring that it is available as widely as possible. In keeping with our long-standing support of the Open Access movement, York librarians and archivists move to adopt a policy which would ensure our research is disseminated as widely as possible and available in perpetuity through deposit in York’s institutional repository, YorkSpace.

Policy Statement
Academic librarians and archivists at York University commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in YorkSpace.

The York University academic librarian and archivist complement grant York University Libraries the non-exclusive right to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the YorkSpace institutional repository subject to copyright restrictions.

This policy applies to all scholarly and professional work produced as a member of York University academic staff produced as of the date of the adoption of this policy. Retrospective deposit is encouraged. Co-authored works should be included with the permission of the other author(s). Examples of works include:

  • Scholarly and professional articles

  • Substantive presentations, including slides and text
  • Books/book chapters
  • Reports
  • Substantive pedagogical materials such as online tutorials
  • Works should be deposited in YorkSpace as soon as is possible, recognizing that some publishers may impose an embargo period.

This policy is effective as of 01/10/2009 and will be assessed a year after implementation.

Yay us! You can see the Libraries’ YorkSpace community here and what I have deposited here.


  1. #1 amy buckland
    October 8, 2009

    Way to go York librarians!

  2. #2 Dorothea Salo
    October 8, 2009

    Wonderful! I’ll add York’s logo to the Open Content presentation I’m doing shortly…

    Also, I’m waving at your UL. 🙂

  3. #3 John Dupuis
    October 9, 2009

    Thanks! And Dorothea, I’m sure she’s waving back.

  4. #4 Bonnie
    October 9, 2009

    This is great! Do you know of other examples of libraries with similar policies?

  5. #5 John Dupuis
    October 9, 2009

    Hi Bonnie, I posted a list about 6 months ago, but haven’t been keeping track since then: http://jdupuis.blogspot.com/2009/05/library-faculty-open-access.html

  6. #6 ferhat dem
    October 22, 2009

    This is great. Thanks

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