Libraries and their faculty should join forces against corporate publishers 2012-08-20


“I've recently argued that libraries are in a perfect position to take over from current commercial publishers: they're already publishing our theses, ancient texts, data and many of our papers in institutional repositories. Thus, it would only be  a small step and with the billions freed in funding from subscriptions no longer needed, the transition would be cheap and painless. In fact, I cannot see any reason justifying the involvement of corporate publishers, when libraries can do the same tasks better and more cheaply. Apparently, librarians feel quite the same way researchers do: Had lunch with two of the Ph.D. librarians who run our central library to talk about the above. If you think scientists are upset about these issues … whoa Nelly … my library colleagues were practically spitting blood. We talked at length about possible solutions, including scenarios where ridiculous subscription costs could be diverted to pay publication charges in OA journals. They’ve got me convinced that it will be important for researchers and librarians to get on the same page as we work within our Universities for change. But after all, they are *our* Universities, and if anyone can change them, its up to us … Now is the time to speak to your librarian: cut subscriptions to corporate publishers, maybe just the ten most expensive journals, if their contract allows them to, and invest the saved funds in developing modern scholarly communication standards which will appeal to all faculty and helps bring scholarly communication back under institutional control.”



08/16/2012, 06:08

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Tags: oa.business_models oa.publishers oa.policies oa.comment oa.advocacy oa.libraries oa.costs oa.librarians oa.prices oa.fees oa.recommendations oa.repositories oa.journals



Date tagged:

08/20/2012, 14:47

Date published:

02/29/2012, 20:09