Libraries Support MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts

The Libraries are committed to supporting colleagues at other institutions and to working with them to transform the way libraries license and provide access to scholarly content. The Libraries’ office of scholarly communications is a leading advocate for changes in the scholarly communications process, spearheading the adoption by Faculty Senate of the University Open Access Policy in 2016. 

The Libraries are pleased to endorse the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, a set of principles to guide library engagement with vendors and publishers, with the goal of advancing an open, equitable and accessible scholarly ecosystem. The Libraries are fully engaged in this process and espouse many of the principles set forth in the MIT Framework. 

The Libraries will continue to work with national and international colleagues as well as vendors, publishers and learned societies, to create and advocate for change in the scholarly communications system. As mindful stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us by the campus and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we will seek innovative and creative ways to provide access to needed resources in the most affordable and accessible way possible.