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Wednesday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Good Partners? Can Open Access publishers and librarians find meaningful ways to collaborate?

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What should the relationship be between the purely Open Access publishers and librarians?
Yes, in theory, among publishers these are publishers who are fully aligned with libraries to end the stranglehold which the traditional subscription publishers have on libraries. 
Yes, they are 100% attribution-only (CC-BY) publishers living up to the goals of Open Access (as described in the Budapest Open Access Initiative [BOAI]).

But, are they just replacing over-priced subscriptions with over-priced APCs (Article Processing Charges)?

Since they don't have renewal revenue at risk they may not pay sufficient attention to usage and integration with library systems [KBART?, COUNTER?, etc.].
Since collection development librarians don't have to assign budget dollars to purchasing their content--maybe they don't need attention from librarians.

The big subscription journals collect just one payment a year, and with big bundles, just one payment to cover thousands of journals.  Are Open Access publishers just replacing that with thousands of tiny payments either in article processing costs, or in membership schemes for individual researchers?  What are some initiatives that these publishers are trying that can avoid having the costs of publishing being invoiced to individual authors?

Can these publishers, aligned as they are with libraries on the defects in the subscription system, be good partners with librarians in areas such as:
  • Open Science
  • Pre-print Servers
  • Integration with Open Repositories
  • Open Monograph publishing
  • O.E.R.
  • Library Publishing 
  • Conference hosting
Is there more that they can do to effectively integrate with Library systems and processes?

Come to a Lively Discussion with a panel of purely Open Access publishers and librarians to brainstorm these and other questions effecting how the pure Open Access publishers and librarians might collaborate more effectively.


Sarah Wipperman

Scholarly Communications & Digital Repository Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

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Tina Baich

Senior Associate Dean, IUPUI University Library
Tina Baich is a Librarian at IUPUI University Library where she is Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Content Strategies. Her portfolio includes the Center for Digital Scholarship, Resource Acquisition & Description, Resource Sharing & Delivery Services, and the Ruth... Read More →
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Alistair Freeland

Alistair is the Chief Operating Officer of MDPI. He also holds a degree in Performing Arts from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
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Regina Gong

Open Educational Resources (OER) Project Manager & Manager of Technical Services and Systems, Lansing Community College
I'm a librarian and the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College. I would love to talk to you about your OER projects and how it has impacted student learning and faculty's teaching in your campuses. I'm also one of the Open Education Group Research Fellow for 2017-2018 and... Read More →
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Brian Hole

CEO, Ubiquity Press