June 3rd, 2012

Open Access Petition – Goal met but sign in for a strong message

With thanks to Joanne Rich who was first on the draw to alert me in the middle of an incredibly busy Medical Library Association meeting. My guess is I’m not the only one still getting up to speed on everything else.

There is  a petition seeking taxpayer-funded research findings to be made freely available online. 25,000 signatures are were needed by June 19th and that landmark was apparently reached sometime today because at 9pm Sunday night it has 25,099 signatures. Go team!

To sign the petition: Go to the shortcut – http://wh.gov/6TH or the long-not-cut:  https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ A whitehouse.gov account is needed to sign – you do not need to sign up for any emails and their privacy policy regarding whitehouse.gov accounts  is here.

If you’d like to view the petition text without going to the White House petitions page, it is available at the access2research page at http://access2research.org/Petition

The video about the petition to help share/raise awareness for those who many not be familiar with open access:

For inspiration, our library’s Open Access display

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