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Supporting OA Collections in the Open

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Supporting OA collections in the open: community requirements and principles is an IMLS-supported project that will convene a series of national forums where community members will contribute their needs, values, and priorities to the discussion of Open Access collection development, elucidating the areas of opportunity and friction and leading to a common vocabulary and framework to discuss collective funding of public goods content.

Through thoughtful moderation that will leverage the insights and interactions of focus group participants, the project team will develop a white paper that clearly articulates the challenges, opportunities, and potential mechanisms for building an OA collection development system and culture and that motivates the community toward collective action.

The result of this project Рa white paper entitled OA in the Open: Community Needs and Perspectives Рhas been published on LISSA at https://osf.io/preprints/lissa/g972d. To everyone who participated in this project, thank you! 

 

When and where will the Forums be held?

To facilitate the forums across a large and diverse group of practitioners, we will hold six focus groups at three national conferences: ALA Midwinter January 26, 2019 in Seattle, ER&L March 5, 2019 in Austin, and ACRL April 11, 2019 in Cleveland.

We will report our key observations in a presentation immediately after the 2019 DLF Forum in Tampa.

How Can I Participate?

Indicate your interest in participating by registering for focus groups or applying for a travel scholarship. On the registration form, please indicate all of your availability. Project leaders will populate the focus groups with broad representation in mind.

Each conference will host two focus groups – exact timing of these sessions will be announced as the conference schedules are released.

What will the Forum produce?

The National Forum will produce a white paper that clearly articulates the challenges, opportunities, and potential mechanisms for building an OA collection development system and culture and that motivates the community toward collective action.

The white paper will be available via LISSA, the LIS subject repository, while the grant narrative and sharable forum data will all be available via an Open Science Framework (OSF) project site.

Key Personnel

Yasmeen Shorish, Co-PI; Yasmeen Shorish is an Associate Professor and the Data Services Coordinator at James Madison University Libraries.

Liz Thompson, Co-PI; Liz Thompson is an Assistant Professor and the Instruction and Educational Resources Coordinator at JMU Libraries.

Judy Ruttenberg, key collaborator; Judy Ruttenberg is the Program Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries.

Sponsors & Partners

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