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Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible? (lecture presented at the Smithsonian Libraries on March 10, 2014 by Rick Anderson)

Rick's filmed presentation at the UKSG Annual Conference in Glasgow, March 2015

Rick's article for Insights: the UKSG journal (open access) is available here.

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There is a growing rift between those who believe the library's most fundamental purpose is to support and advance the goals of its host institution and those who believe the library's most important role is as an agent of progress and reform in the larger world of scholarly communication. Although these two areas of endeavor are not mutually exclusive, they are in competition for scarce resources and the choices made between them have serious implications at both the micro level (for the patrons and institutions served by each library) and the macro level (for members of the larger academic community).

The tension between these two worldviews is creating friction within librarianship itself: as tightening budgets increasingly force us to choose between worthy programs and projects, there is growing conflict between those whose choices reflect one worldview and those who hold to the other. How this conflict plays out over the next few years may have significant implications for the scholars who depend on libraries for access to research content and for the publishers and other vendors for whom libraries are a core customer base.

Date: Tuesday 30 June 2015
Time: 1430 BST
Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)



Rick Anderson

Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah


 Read a short biography of Rick Anderson. Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.  He has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen. He has served as president of the North American Serials Interest Group, and was the recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. In 2015 he was elected president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.



Attendees will be better equipped to think analytically and make critically important decisions about their libraries' internal culture and alignment with institutional priorities. 

Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.



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Rick in full flow at the recent UKSG Annual Conference in Glasgow.