Law Librarians, Schools Propose Bold Move to Digital, Open Access Alternative

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in March 2009

200 words / 1 min.
Law Librarians, Schools Propose Bold Move to Digital, Open Access Alternative - Library Journal In a broad call to action, a group of the nations’ law schools and law librarians have signed the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship. In essence, the statement urges law schools to adopt digital communication, forgo print, and […]


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Law Librarians, Schools Propose Bold Move to Digital, Open Access Alternative – Library Journal

In a broad call to action, a group of the nations’ law schools and law librarians have signed the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship. In essence, the statement urges law schools to adopt digital communication, forgo print, and publish, archive, and widely disseminate its scholarship online.

My first thought is that law schools are often terribly slow to change. Then again, I’ve seen a general acceptance of open access ideas in the legal academy (SSRN, for example), so maybe this is not that out there after all. Part of me things, too, that perhaps open access will be easier to achieve than simply getting rid of paper!


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