When a library tweets about open access funding, I sit up and listen. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and University Libraries have renewed a fund of $20,000 for FY 2009-2010 to support publishing in open access journals. Credit must be given to the Library Scholarly Communication unit, which guides digital library initiatives, including an institutional repository and promotion of scholarly discussion on the benefits of open access.
UTK joins the unversities in the Compact for Open Access Publishing that I wrote about earlier this year that are creating funding specifically to encourage faculty to publish in peer-reviewed open access publications. By having an institutional repository to accompany their open access funding, UTK is supporting both gold and green open access models.