Open Access Committee


Justin Race, Purdue, Chair (racej AT purdue DOT edu)
Marguerite Avery, Texas A&M 
Beth Fuget, Washington
Phillip Hearn, Johns Hopkins 
James Moore, Duke 
BJ (“Bonnie”) Robinson, North Georgia 
Dhara Snowden, UCL   

Board Liaison
Angela Anderson, Marine Corps 

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objectives:

  • Support the Association’s members as they respond to changes in the publishing environment as a result of Open Access (OA) publishing by developing and managing a resource center, strengthening external partnerships, and identifying viable options for ensuring the transition to open is equitable. 

Specific Charges to the Open Access Committee:

  1. Complete development of the OA resources library and coordinate publication on UP Commons with Association staff. Develop and implement plan for ongoing curation of resource library.
  2. Identify potential actions from AUPresses to help ensure that the transition to open is equitable, working with external partnerships as relevant. 
  3. Communicate about values-based open access publishing to members, specifically highlighting the importance of bibliodiversity, scholar-led publishing, equity in accessing models, and the strength of university presses in the ever-evolving open access publishing ecosystem; consider hosting a Hangout and/or a Collaboration Lab at the 2024 Annual Meeting on these topics.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on 22 September 2023, and 1 March 2024; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due 31 May 2024. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members, along with board and staff liaisons.)
  • Apply the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization to all committee work.
  • Appoint a member of your committee to serve as a liaison to the Equity, Justice, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee, providing updates on your committee’s EJIB efforts, seeking information, support, or guidance on EJIB matters as needed, and attending Fall and Spring meetings for liaisons sponsored by EJIB Committee.
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Als internationale Gemeinschaft unterstuetzen wir die wichtige Rolle von Verlegern, dessen Aufgabe es ist akademische Exzellenz und Forschung zu foerdern.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in German