IFLA has established an Open Access Taskforce


  • Ingegerd Rabow


Lars Björnshauge, Chairman of the Task Force reports that it was established following the endorsement of IFLA's Statement on Open Access and the subsequent approval of a number of key initiatives

The taskforce will work on the following issues:

  1. Advocate for the adoption and promotion of open access policies as set out in IFLA's Statement on Open Access within the framework of the United Nations institutions (UN, UNESCO, WHO, FAO)
  2. Build Capacity within the IFLA Membership to advocate for the adoption of open access policies at the national level, through the development of case studies and best practices for open access promotion
  3. Furthermore the taskforce will connect to the various organizations working for Open Access – as indicated in the statement -such as SPARC (US/Europe/Japan), COAR, OASPA, EIFL, Bioline International & DOAJ, among others.



The taskforce has the following members:

  • Lars Bjørnshauge (CHAIR), 1st Vice-President, Swedish Library Association
  • Leslie Chan, Associate Director, Bioline International, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • Jan Hagerlid,  Programme Co-ordinator of OpenAccess.se, National Library of Sweden
  • Iryna Kuchma, EIFL.Net Open Access Manager, EIFL, Rome, Italy
  • Rick Luce, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, Emory University, USA
  • Felipe Martinez, Director, University Center for Library Science Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Bas Savenijie, Director, National Library of the Netherlands
  • Xuemao Wang, Associate Vice-Provost, Emory University Libraries, Emory University, USA
  • Qiang Zhu, Director, Peking University Library, Beijing, China
  • Ann Okerson,  Special Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries New Haven, CT, United States
  • Derek Law, Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom




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