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Schaffer Library advocates Open Access for many reasons. To name a few, OA helps solve the serials crisis, it facilitates research and teaching, it enables the benefits of a culture of sharing, and it advances economic and social justice by ensuring equal access to information.
That said, we are aware of the complexities of OA, so we do not advocate it in all circumstances. Indeed, OA should be eschewed when:
it impinges upon privacy rights (such as with the publication of sensitive data).
it hinders tenure and promotion (such as when choosing between publishing in either a highly ranked toll-access journal or a lesser ranked OA journal).
OA's author-pays model (rather than toll-access's audience-pays model) is unaffordable.
How We Support OA
The keystone of our support of OA is our institutional repository, Digital Works. It is open to collecting the research and teaching outputs of Union College, which the depositor can make openly accessible should she or he wish; Digital Works is also available as a publishing platform for OA journals.