Kudos to Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, and the University of California at Berkeley for initiating the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE).
From my perspective, this initiative is key to transitioning to open access. Please consider joining. There is no immediate financial commitment required, rather a commitment to developing models that are equitable for open access journals.
The academic library budget is a necessary support for scholarly communication. There is no reason why this support needs to take the form of subscriptions rather than support for open access journals.
Any opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of the author alone, and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library.
Heather Morrison, MLIS The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com