The Lydia M. Olson Library Announces New Open Access Options

The Lydia M. Olson Library is excited to announce that they have signed on to support several Open Access packages that will increase access to leading scholarship for NMU students and faculty as well as to support access for people around the world.

The Library has negotiated its first Transformative Agreement with Cambridge University Press. This agreement will not only give faculty and students access to Cambridge journals, but it allows NMU faculty and graduate students to publish in Cambridge University Press' Open Access Journals without author processing charges (APC).  Our second Transformative Agreement with the American Chemical Society will begin in Summer 2024.

Leslie Warren, Dean of the Library and Instructional Support commented, "Open Access is one of many ways that we can support inclusive, equitable access to research. I love that we have Transformative Agreements that make it easier for our faculty to share their scholarship and findings with members of the public."

The Library is also supporting Open Access monographs, by supporting several Open Access projects, including the Directory of Open Access Journals, Project Muse Open Access Books, MIT Direct to Open (D2O), and Open Access Publishers.

“Accessing research can be barrier ridden,” stated Tesse Sayen, Director of Research Development and Sponsored Programs, “The Office of Sponsored Programs at NMU commends the Lydia Olson Library and its staff for their diligent and collaborative efforts to ensure these strong 'Transformative Agreement' pathways to access exist, that our students and staff are informed participants of the initiative, and the continued passion to support access to the unique research happening here at NMU."

Going forward, the Library will continue to explore open access agreements that will provide access to the best scholarship, novel publishing options for our faculty and students, as well as promoting information equity globally. 

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