Open Access books in academic libraries

Open Access books in academic libraries – how can we adapt workflows and cost management to an open scholarly communications landscape?

Date workshop: 26th June

Timing workshop: 9-12 AM

Coffee break: 10.15 AM

Minimum number of particpants: 10

Maximum number of participants: 60

The transition to Open Access has been accelerated this year by several international initiatives, of which Plan S is one example. Many of the initiatives are, however, focused on the dominating form of publishing in terms of numbers and investments, namely publishing of articles in journals. Furthermore, many of the activities in the scholarly communications landscape is designed mainly for publishing patterns within STM. But, when looking at discussion topics in response to Plan S and other funding initiatives for Open Access, we note that many are commenting on the lack of incentives within HSS where publishing plans commonly include book projects (including monographs and edited collections) and other types of projects with longer lead times and diverse funding models.

The LIBER Working Group on Open Access would therefore like to invite to a workshop with a focus on OA books. We will be asking questions such as: How can libraries create workflows and funding mechanisms to encourage OA book publishing? What kind of training is needed for library staff to adapt to the developments? Can you support OA book publishing without starting your own university press?

A survey will be sent to the LIBER community before the workshop, to investigate in what libraries are currently doing to support OA books publishing and what they would like to do in the future. The result of this survey will be presented at the workshop, along with some examples of current workflows from different libraries and stakeholders that are already working with OA books.

Sign up if you want to learn more about how we can accelerate towards the goal of 100% Open Access to all scholarly output! A more detailed agenda will follow.