We are excited to announce a special panel discussion at 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting organized by the ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group.
Date and time: 2/10/2018 from 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 303
On list-servs, in the blogosphere, and sometimes in the disciplinary literature, it seems the scholarly communications and open access community is building toward a sense of absolutism. This is seen in a growing rhetoric that would have us believe there is only one correct way to successfully provide scholarly communications services, programs, and advocacy. This dangerous assumption ignores the important diversity in models, types of institutions, and local needs. We assert that there are many ways to get to open, that multiple models can co-exist, and that the unique needs of our institutions are ultimately more important than a unified approach to scholarly communications. This panel will explore some of the assumptions being debated in the scholarly communications community, and will give examples of how their institutions have focused primarily on their own missions and researchers’ needs in order to move forward successfully.
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