Raynor Memorial Libraries offers more than 1.8 million volumes, hundreds of research databases, computer access, laptops on loan, a multimedia
collection, group study spaces, 24-hour access and library staff members who help researchers from around the world.
A possible alternative to the current scholarly communication process is the open access initiative. Open access publications are available freely on
the Web with the cost of these publications provided in a number of ways. Methods to fund open access publications include donations (Stanford Encyclopedia
of Philosophy), authors' fees (not unlike some subscription based journals), or support by an institution such as a university. The Marquette Libraries
support open access publications in various ways. Earlier in 2008, the Libraries contributed to an endowment for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
as did Boston College, Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and hundreds of other colleges, universities and scholarly organizations. Also,
the Libraries regularly link open access journals in MARQCAT, the online catalog.
FROM THE DEAN OF LIBRARIES:
Janice Welburn Dean of Libraries
While we may hold differing opinions about the right to use information, Open Access in principle and practice has forever changed the way that
we think about research and scholarship. The Open Access movement aims to remove the barriers to the free exchange of scholarly research while
maintaining the rights of authors and creators of scholarly information. It is an effort to take advantage of the benefits of our digital era,
especially at a time when the price of information has increased well beyond any other measure of inflation.
We live in a time when collaboration across scholarly disciplines is increasingly important and supported by emerging technologies and information
and communication networks. Open Access expands our capacity to share scholarship without obstacles while maintaining the integrity of intellectual
Other sources for information about Open Access include:
Author's Rights, Tout de Suite Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
"...designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of author's rights... [includes] references to online documents and links
to pertinent Web sites."