Campus Connection: Longtime UW-Madison library director steps down
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"But in 1992 [Ken Frazier] was named [Director of the University of Wisconsin Libraries] full time and held the position for two decades. Frazier started making a name for himself on the national stage shortly thereafter. In 1998 he founded the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition to tackle the issue of skyrocketing subscription fees to scientific and technical journals. "It was a rebellion, really, and it was a key to starting what is the open access movement, which is the worldwide effort to make sure that research information is freely available on the Internet," says Frazier, who was then elected president of the Association of Research Librarians in 1999. "And that's changing the world today because basically all biomedical research is becoming available as an online resource." Frazier admits these efforts have received "mixed reviews," noting "research journals are still impossibly expensive." ...Despite stepping down from his director's post, Frazier says he plans to remain a "citizen of the university" and hopes to stay involved in outreach efforts to promote the value of UW-Madison. He plans to officially retire in the coming months, although he left the director's position last week...."