Something caught my attention last week, at the ALPSP seminar on Publishing and Libraries of the Future (which I’ll blog about shortly). It was a comment by Diana Leitch, chair of the sessions. The seminar itself was intended stimulate thoughts on where publishing and libraries are heading, with views from a practising librarian (me), society publisher, scientific researcher and library technology provider.
We had just finished the open panel at the end of the event, where comments on institutional repositories, publishing and librarians were made, obviously from various viewpoints. Diana’s comment was something along these lines – we may not all agree, but at least we’re opening up the discussion and talking about the future of scholarly communication. *bing!!*
It seems to me that there’s been a disconnect between librarians and publishers and researchers for sometime now, and the advent of open access and repositories have forced us all to rethink our positions. The underlying issue is the facilitation of access to scholarly communication. Is open access and self-archiving a threat or an opportunity? Conversations at the end of the ALPSP event came from all perspectives but at least there was discussion.
Kudos to ALPSP for setting up a platform to get the conversation moving.
I’ve been having another conversation with a professor from Biology & Biochemistry about open access publishing and he has some very legitimate concerns about the impact of funding council mandates on researchers and the effect of OA on learned societies. This correspondence is very informative and thought provoking, and again, the conversation is invaluable. I’m sure there’ll be more on these conversations further on in this blog…