ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

Contact: Dawn Mueller


For Immediate Release

November 8, 2005

ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that its scholarly research journal
College & Research Libraries is available free of charge in PDF format on the ACRL website six months after publication. Retrospective issues now are available through volume 58 (1997).

"The editorial board is delighted that the journal is freely available in its electronic form,” said William Gray Potter, editor of
College & Research Libraries. “This new arrangement will benefit both the authors and the readers by making the articles more widely available. Exposing the content to Internet search engines will also make it easier to find and read the articles. At the same time, we are committed to preserving the rigorous review process that has served ACRL and the profession well over the past sixty-six years."

ACRL supports open access to scholarship as a principle for reform in the system of scholarly communication. In addition to this new access to
College & Research Libraries, ACRL encourages author self-archiving of its published articles in both institutional and disciplinary repositories.

College & Research Libraries is a premier journal for research related to academic libraries,” said ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee Chair Ray English. “Making the contents of the journal openly accessible, following a six-month delay, will be of great benefit to practicing academic librarians and researchers, and it will also help authors increase the impact of their work. This move underscores ACRL's strong commitment to access to scholarly research.”

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.