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!
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN) (inpropriapersona.com)
- Legal Scholarship, Electronic Publishing, and Open Access (inpropriapersona.com)
- Law libraries ask for open access (hyperorg.com)