Today marks the beginning of International Open Access Week, and the launch of a pilot project here in the Libraries – a centralized fund for OA fees for OSU faculty, staff, and students. Visit the official announcement of the fund on the From the Director blog, or see the OA Fund website for more details. I’ll just make a point of saying here that this is most definitely a pilot project. We have $20,000 contributed by the University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library, and once the money is gone, the project is over. The Libraries is not likely to be able to fund something like this in an ongoing manner, so we are using the pilot to gather information and determine whether it is worth seeking additional sources of funding to make this a regular program. It could last a year, it could last a week. This isn’t a new idea; libraries have been administering OA funds for their campuses for years. Doing so at a place the size of OSU, however, is a major undertaking, and this is just the first step in that direction. I will make sure to post again when the pilot project is concluded, and any future developments in this area will certainly pop up on this blog.