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Principles and Practices

A new openness in scholarly and research environments is transforming how knowledge is created, shared, and sustained. Open practices accelerate the dissemination of scholars’ work and improve its quality, impact, and reach. Aligning library strategy, staffing, and spending to advance the principles and practices of open scholarship in partnership with research and learning communities is an ARL priority.

The ARL Board of Directors in 2009 voted to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses.

The Association is a signatory to the following collective statements in open access and open scholarship:

Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Budapest Open Access Initiative