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Thursday, November 7 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
OA books: The View from Europe and Beyond

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2019 is shaping up to be the year that the scholarly community gets serious about open access books. In this session, we bring you the view from Europe and beyond. We’ll explore the position of authors, institutions, funders, and publishers, drawing on recently conducted research, and in a panel discussion we’ll consider what we as a community can do to change attitudes and support the transition to OA for books.

This year, Springer Nature conducted the first ever landscape survey dedicated to understanding the views of book authors about OA for books. More than 2,500 authors worldwide responded. Springer Nature will share highlights from their findings, including authors’ motivations for publishing books and why they choose to publish OA (or not to), as well as views on policy detail, and how attitudes differ by region and experience level.

The Knowledge Exchange (KE) partners, six national organisations within Europe, published a “Landscape Study on Open Access and Monographs” in 2017, and, in 2018, commissioned a follow-up survey and held a workshop in Brussels to help identify the next steps to support the transition to open access. KE’s presentation will provide an overview of the results of the survey and the follow up workshop, which developed key themes, such as policy, author engagement, technical infrastructure and monitoring, and called for the development of a European roadmap for Open Access monographs.

LIBER is the voice of Europe’s research library community. Earlier this year, they surveyed LIBER libraries about OA books. LIBER will share comments from respondents on how libraries can create workflows and funding mechanisms to encourage OA book publishing, on the kind of training needed for library staff to adapt to OA developments, and on ways libraries who are not starting their own university press can support OA book publishing.

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Adam Chesler

Director, Global Sales, AIP Publishing

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Ros Pyne

Director, Open Access Books, Springer Nature
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Sofie Wennström

Analyst/Managing Editor, Stockholm University, LIBER
Sofie Wennström is working at Stockholm University Library as an Analyst and as a Managing Editor for books and journals at Stockholm University Press. During 2021 she is also serving as a Project Manager at the National Library of Sweden with the task to set up a national digit... Read More →
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Birgit Schmidt

Head of Knowledge Commons, University of Göttingen
Birgit is Head of Knowledge Commons at Göttingen State and University Library, with a focus on policies, e-infrastructures and training. In addition, she contributes to several international committees as a co-chair or group member (e.g. in the context of LIBER, the Research Data... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EST
Grand Ballroom 3, Gaillard Center