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Senate Sub-Committee on Open Access


Under the auspices of the University Library Committee, the Senate Sub-Committee on Open Access is charged by the Provost and the University Senate to undertake an investigation into the state of open access trends and practices and the role they play in the process of research and the dissemination of scholarly resources and works at the University of Oregon. Within this context and as a case study, the Committee should also examine the nature of the University Libraries’ relationship and contract with Elsevier to suggest options to inform the renegotiation process before the current agreement sunsets in December 2020.


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Committee Members

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David Condon
David Condon

Committee Chair

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Andrew Kern
Andrew Kern

Associate Professor, Biology

Ann Miller
Ann Miller

Co-Chair, Open Access Advisory Group

Interim Associate Dean of Libraries, Collection Services

Margaret Sereno
Margaret Sereno

University Library Committee Chair

Associate Professor, Psychology

Beth Harn
Beth Harn

Associate Professor, Special Education

Franny Gaede
Franny Gaede

Committee Web Manager

Head, Digital Scholarship Services

Mark Watson
Mark Watson

Committee Project Manager

Interim Dean of Libraries

Susan Breakenridge
Susan Breakenridge
Assistant Dean, Library Administrative Services
Miriam Rigby
Miriam Rigby

Co-Chair, Open Access Advisory Group

Associate Librarian, Social Sciences


Patrick Phillips

Senior Vice-President and Provost

Elizabeth Skowron

UO Senate President

Elliot Berkman

UO Senate President-Elect

Committee Deliverables

  • An overview of the current landscape of open access trends and practices in the area of scholarly communication and publishing
  • An analysis of the role that open access plays in research and the dissemination of scholarly resources and works at the UO
  • Overview of options for renegotiating the library’s contract with Elsevier
  • Recommended next steps to further the discussion and adoption of open access at the University of Oregon
  • Create opportunities for campus-wide discussion that involve stakeholders from across the academic disciplines
  • Facilitate broad awareness of its work among all campus stakeholders.

Next Meeting

May 11, 2020
Virtual video conference, 2 – 3 pm PDT


Minutes: April 6, 2020

Review of SSOA Progress to Date The White Paper was completed at the end of Winter Term (March 2020) Revisions are still being incorporated and more input is welcome The current draft of the White Paper has been posted on the SSOA website as of today. New versions...

Minutes: February 18, 2020

Review of our Charge and Prior Work 2 prior meetings Introductory meeting 12/16/2019 Last meeting (1/21/2020) was brief Formalized plan to prioritize & complete the White Paper SSOA Working Group just formed Preliminary Outline for White Paper shared Charge Under...

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The Senate Sub-Committee on Open Access is collecting questions to address in presentations and virtual gatherings during spring and summer 2020 and have created a Qualtrics form for this purpose.