In April, leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE convened a roundtable in association with the British Library into the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. Chaired by publishing consultant Simon Inger and attended by an international panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts, the conclusions of this discussion have today been published in a report, “Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries”.
The report is a summary of the discussion around what support and skills librarians will require in an OA future, and how institutions, publishers, funders and other parties should be supporting their library partners, including variation by discipline and geographic region. Representing librarians from the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East, attendees indicated that the concept of the individual library is changing. Panellists highlighted an important shift, recognizing that attention will shift from the library to the librarian: the information professional will be the library of the future. Academic libraries and research communication will have to evolve as open access grows in importance, but while traditional roles may change, librarians will still play an important role in managing and advising on information and information-related budgets.
Key discussions include:
- Addressing the culture of mistrust and misunderstanding regarding OA amongst researchers
- The varying uptake of OA and the subsequent impacts
- Sharing discovery and support services amongst libraries and institutions
- Managing services such as institutional repositories
- Providing licensing and related advice to researchers
- Supporting preservation and managing metadata and recognising the importance of recommender services
- Explaining open access to researchers.
Source and Link to Report Available At