Practice Article

Speaking as One: Supporting Open Access with Departmental Resolutions

  • Madeline Cohen (Lehman College, CUNY)
  • Maura A. Smale (New York City College of Technology, CUNY)
  • Jill Cirasella orcid logo (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Cynthia Tobar (Hunter College, CUNY)
  • Jessie Daniels (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)


Library faculty at the City University of New York (CUNY) have engaged in promoting and advocating for open access publishing at each of our campuses as well as across the University. Inspired by the passing of a faculty senate resolution in support of the creation of an open access institutional repository and associated policies, many CUNY librarians felt the need to raise their level of commitment. In this article, the authors—four library faculty members and one faculty member from outside the library—share their experiences creating and approving open access policies in the library departments of four CUNY schools and promoting open access beyond the libraries. They offer practical advice and guidance for other librarians and faculty seeking to encourage the embrace of open access publishing in departments or other sub-institutional contexts.

How to Cite:

Cohen, M., Smale, M. A., Cirasella, J., Tobar, C. & Daniels, J., (2013) “Speaking as One: Supporting Open Access with Departmental Resolutions”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(1), eP1099. doi:

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Published on
27 Nov 2013
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