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Thursday, November 7 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
The Fly in the Ointment? Does Open Access = Savings?

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The consolidation of scholarly publishers has resulted in higher costs for journal subscriptions and library budgets have been stretched to accommodate price increases. As a result libraries have less latitude in what they choose to purchase to support research and teaching. One solution to the scholarly communication crisis has been the growth of open access journals and alternative publishing streams. Additionally libraries have invested in institutional repositories and some support publishing operations in an effort to offer alternatives to for-profit publishing for faculty and scholarly societies. Are any of these models any more economically sustainable than relying on traditional publishing models? Can a library make intentional decisions to support open access that would provide budget relief and wider dissemination of the intellectual output of their faculty and researchers? Do the various open access models (e.g. Article Processing Charges, OA Institutional Memberships, hybrid journals, SCOAP3-like projects) provide budgetary relief or is this transitional period likely to add costs for a library and its parent institution?

The authors will conduct a survey of 52 U.S. university libraries representing two academic consortia: The Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Respondents will be asked to answer a series of questions about direct and indirect costs to the library as a result of open access efforts. The survey will include topics such as: costs to the library to support OA memberships (PLoS, BMC, SpringerOpen, etc); costs to the library to support OA projects such as SCOAP3, arXiv, COPE; new positions in scholarly communication/copyright; and more broadly, whether local institutional repositories, publishing units or outreach efforts to educate faculty about open access have resulted in any direct ability to manage or draw down the costs of their journals spends. The results of the survey and implications for long-term collections planning will be presented.

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Kim Armstrong

Deputy Director, CIC
Kimberly is currently Deputy Director, Center for Library Initiatives, at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The CIC, founded in 1958, is an academic consortium of the fourteen Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. Her current responsibilities include management... Read More →

Jay Starratt

Dean, Washington State University
Washington State University

Thursday November 7, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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