The Role of Libraries in Advancing Open Access
Instructor: Melissa Seelye
Dates: July 6th through August 2nd, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
While there are many ways for academic libraries to support open access publishing, facilitating green open access through institutional repositories continues to be the dominant approach. This course will begin with an exploration of the potential costs involved in sustaining institutional repositories, from software and/or technical support to staff time. From there, we will investigate some of the ways in which libraries support gold open access. The most common route is through library open access funds created to offset the article processing charges (APCs) that some open access journals levy to recover publishing costs. However, there are concerns about the capacity for library budgets to keep apace with APCs, and we will study projections of what this model could entail moving forward. Another approach is library-driven publishing, whether in the form of supporting open access journals or managing a university press with an open access option. Lastly, we will look to recent shifts in collection management practices such as “big deal” cancellations, negotiations for transformative agreements, and investment in community-owned open access initiatives.
Students who complete this course will be able to:
- Compare the library resources required to support proprietary vs. open source repository and publishing platforms;
- Assess the effectiveness of an existing library open access fund or create one with a focus on sustainability;
- Understand how library publishing initiatives relate to the broader scholarly communication ecosystem; and
- Actively participate in library collection decisions to advance open access.
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Scholarly Communication, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Melissa Seelye is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at San Francisco State University, and in that role she coordinates a range of scholarly communication initiatives in support of the university’s social justice mission. She is advocating for a shift towards open knowledge practices on campus, encompassing self-archiving faculty publications, library support for student and faculty journals, and expanding the use of open educational resources. Her current research explores the political economy of scholarly communication. Melissa received her MLIS from Western University, where she teaches a distance Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing course aligned with the MLIS student-run journal Emerging Library & Information Perspectives. Previously, she was the Scholarly Publishing & Systems Librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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