Musselman Library's Commitment to Open

Musselman Library’s commitment to open involves financial support for open access initiatives, an open access mandate for all publications by library employees, oversight of the college’s institutional repository, and sustained outreach to the campus community by the Scholarly Communications Department in partnership with their colleagues across the library. Librarians are available to help faculty understand how publishing contracts impact the open sharing of their scholarship, and to help faculty locate open educational resources (OER) for use in their courses.

The Cupola is the foundation of our commitment to open access and open publishing. We collect and share scholarly and creative works produced by the Gettysburg College community. We also use The Cupola as a journal publishing platform.

Each October Musselman Library promotes and hosts events for Open Access Week. Check out our most recent OA Week programming.

Library Collection Development Support for Open Access.

In order to help transition academic publishing to a more open system, we allocate some of our collections budget to support open access projects. We currently support:

  • Hate in America: The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s - we are a funding library for this collection of primary source newspapers being digitized by Reveal Digital. When the project is complete, it will be open access for everyone (during the digitization phase, only funding libraries have access).
  • Knowledge Unlatched - this project "unlatches" access to front list academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences. Musselman Library has supported Rounds 1 and 2.
  • Luminos - in March of 2018 we became a member of Luminos, the University of California Press’ new Open Access publishing program for monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our membership includes a 10% discount on the Title Publication Fee for Gettysburg College faculty members.
  • MDPI Institutional Open Access Program - based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI publishes peer-reviewed, scientific open-access journals. As a member of MDPI's OA Program, Gettysburg College faculty are eligible for a 10% discount off Article Processing Charges.
  • Open Library of Humanities - an open access humanities journal publishing platform with no author-facing charges. Gettysburg was one of the first liberal arts colleges to become a supporting institution.
  • SPARC institutional membership - SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a global coalition committed to making "open" the default for research and education.
  • The Public Domain Song Anthology - Musselman Library is an Arranger and sponsors The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - on January 1, 2018, this journal “flipped” from a conventional, subscription model to an open access model. In Summer 2018, we reallocated budget dollars previously committed toward our institutional subscription to becoming a “shareholder” of this community-supported journal.
  • JSTOR Forum - the JSTOR/ARTSTOR platform provides access to digitized collections produced at colleges and universities, including Gettysburg College, and posted for public viewing.

Open Access Policy for Library Employees

In February 2016, Musselman Library employees adopted an open access policy that ensures our fullest possible participation in an open scholarly communication system. We self-archive our professional publications and presentations in The Cupola: