From Mary Jane Petrowski in ACRL Insider:
Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2019 Environmental Scan (PDF) provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries.
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Source: 2019 ACRL Environmental Scan Released – ACRL Insider
As an organization committed to making “open” the default in research and education, we at SPARC recognize that scholarship is at its best when communities of researchers and scholars are fully empowered to share, discover, and collaborate. Currently, however, the reality is that the needs of the community are not being well-served by the existing scholarly communication infrastructure, which is dominated by vendors whose missions and values often run counter to those of the community. When the business models of these vendors favor lock-in, consolidation, and monopoly, the result is a market where opportunity for healthy competition is limited, and opportunities for sharing are limited.
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Source: Investing in Open Scholarly Infrastructure: a Community Opportunity – SPARC
From Keila Zayas-Ruiz and Mark Baggett via Florida State University Libraries:
“As librarians, we serve as champions for equal access and preservation of materials, both scholarly and cultural in significance. One of the core missions of libraries is access. Due to increased demand for scholarly articles and the technological advances of the internet, open access is quickly becoming a major priority among research libraries today. It “has expanded the possibilities for disseminating one’s own research and accessing that of others.” The movement of open access aligns closely with the ALA core value of access as outlined by the ALA council: “All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.” It has gained considerable momentum in recent years among librarians in institutions of higher education, spurring funds dedicated to support authors who wish to publish in open access journals, the creation of library-run online open access journals, and open access mandates for faculty members.”
Source: Community Code: Supporting the Mission of Open Access and Preservation with the Use of Open Source Library Technologies | Florida State University Libraries
From David W. Lewis, Mike Roy, and Katherine Skinner via In the Open
“We are working on a project to map the infrastructure required to support digital scholarly communications. This project is an outgrowth of David W. Lewis’ “2.5% Commitment” proposal.
Even in the early stages of this effort we have had to confront several uncomfortable truths.”
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Source: The First Step Towards a System of Open Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure – IO: In The Open