Public Act 098-0295 or the "Open Access to Research Articles Act" requires that the Governors State University (along with all public universities in Illinois) establish a Task Force to design a proposed policy regarding open access for the scholarly articles produced at the University. The Act specifies a number of issues that the Task Force must consider when recommending such a policy. The Task Force must be put in place by January 2014, and the final report must be issued by January 2015.

Open Access Task Force Members


  • Deborah Bordelon (co-chair), Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • Lydia Morrow Ruetten (co-chair), Dean of the Library 
  • Elizabeth Cada, Dean, College of Health and Human Services and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Carlos Ferran, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems 
  • David Golland, Assistant Professor, History 
  • Walter Henne, Assistant Professor, Chemistry 
  • Michael D. Springer, Senior Vice President, Business and Publishing, American Dental Association 

Schedule of Meetings


  • February 13, 2014  3-4 p.m.  
    G262 (College of Business and Public Administration conference room)
    Agenda
    Minutes
  • March 27, 2014  2-4 p.m.  
    G261 (College of Education conference room) 
    Agenda
    Minutes
  • April 24, 2014  2-4 p.m.  
    G261 (College of Education conference room)
    Agenda
    Minutes
  • August 14, 2014  2-4 p.m.  
    G261 (College of Education conference room)
    Agenda
  • October 2, 2014 2-4 p.m.
    Location TBA
  • November 6, 2014 2-4 p.m.
    Location TBA

Open Forums


  • September 22, 2014 2-4 p.m. 
    Location Center for Performing Arts "Stage"
  • October 1, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    Location Rm. D1496

Open Access Resources



updated 8/11/2014