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MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: completion of the MLIS core

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: To provide overview of the basic concepts of Open-access. The open access movement is one of the key trends in librarianship today, one that presents librarians and archivists with challenges, but also significant opportunities for leadership. This course will provide students with an overview of open access, key definitions, how and why libraries and archives are involved in open access, trends, policies, and implications for librarians and archivists.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of what open access is, and be able to distinguish open access from related trends (such as free access to back issues of journals) (brief overview)
  • understand open access archiving, library and archives involvement, and key issues for librarians and archivists
  • understand open access publishing and its implications and opportunities for libraries
  • know about major open access resources
  • be able to provide assistance and advice to researchers wishing or needing to provide open access to their works
  • have an introduction to the transformative potential of open access


  • overview and definitions of open access
  • open access publishing (full, hybrids, library as publisher)
  • open access archiving (institutional and disciplinary, library involvement)
  • open access policy and advocacy and library roles
  • futures for open access, and transformative potential of open access