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Wednesday, November 6 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Library Collections: Creatively Adjusting Budgets to Invest in Open Content and Research Infrastructure

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Building on the 2019 ACRL/SPARC Forum on Collective Reinvestment in Open Infrastructure, this program will explore how libraries can make different commitments to fund content created by open infrastructures.   Library collections increasingly promote and reflect such open content and many have chosen to contribute to funding those products.  There is not one formula or roadmap to underwrite the publishing and distribution costs of these open resources.  There are many variables and considerations as some open content corresponds to serials and others are books or monographs.  Open access content is increasingly found in nearly all subject areas, as scholarly publishing models have evolved.  Open access does not come without a price to create, maintain and preserve the outputs.  Libraries are reconsidering whether they want to commit so much to purchase materials or subscription-based products, when it is unclear what the anticipated use of any materials will be over time.  Planning and opportunities for new and more flexible decisions concerning adjustments to and expenditures of the materials budget are under exploration by libraries.  There are many options to invest in creating more content to be released as open access.  Such options include contributing financially from the Library collections or materials budget to subsidizing or covering APCs, engaging in a more “library as publisher” model hosting journals, publishing books, creating OERs, and offsetting other expenses that ultimately drive a more intensive open infrastructure.  Library leaders and partners will share their ideas about trying different approaches to contribute to more open publishing initiatives and explore whether efforts in deploying current book and serial costs to offset opportunities to build a wider and more open infrastructure is on the horizon.  This analysis should incorporate the costs of analytical tools necessary to the use of such content in today’s research.  Questions will be solicited ahead of time to reflect audience’s interest in such a rethinking of the library collections budget. Please email Julia Gelfand at <jgelfand@uci.edu> with your questions.

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Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine
Julia Gelfand has participated in many Charleston conferences for nearly 20 years.  She continues to have interests in many aspects of the library, publisher, vendor triad that shapes collection development decisions and is watching the tides shift with new and emerging technologies... Read More →
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Roger Schonfeld

Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. He is also a board member for the Center for Research Libraries. Previously, Roger was a research... Read More →
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Tom Hickerson

Principle Investigator, University of Calgary
Tom Hickerson formerly served as Vice Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources and University Librarian at the University of Calgary, 2006-2018. He led the programmatic design of the Taylor Family Digital Library and a high-density storage facility, a $205 million capital project... Read More →
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Barbara Dewey

Dean, University Libraries & Scholarly Communications, Penn State University
Barbara I. Dewey is Dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University. Previously she was Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has also held several administrative positions at the University of Iowa Libraries including as Interim... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center