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Friday, November 8 • 10:45am - 11:25am
From Intentional Meandering to Roadmap: UMass Amherst Libraries’ philosophical and practical considerations for investing with “open” content providers

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMA) has chosen to invest in myriad models of open content, systems and advocacy organizations for well over a decade. What at first was an experimental approach has become more values-based, considered and collaborative. Consistent with its strategic plan, the Libraries are intentionally allocating and tracking part of their acquisitions budget to open scholarship. In an ecosystem of ever-increasing options, the social sciences and humanities (SSH) disciplines, monographs, and non-author processing charge (APC) funding are all under-represented in the open access market. UMA Libraries were an early supporter of Knowledge Unlatched (KU) as providers of OA monographs in SSH. KU will provide a case study of UMA’s acquisitions investments in open content. Both have evolved as organizations, and in their practices. They will discuss their respective histories with open access, how their business partnership has developed and the factors they consider when approaching project and investment decisions. KU will discuss the growth of KU as an OA organization (including recent changes which have been the subject of debate in social media), and the growth of its relationship with UMA as it reflects a common pattern among KU supporting institutions: from initial skepticism to experimentation to expanded support. The presenters will encourage questions and discussion with attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Turner

Christine Turner

Scholarly Communication Librarian, UMass Amherst Libraries
I work at the crossroads of acquisitions and scholarly communication, with particular interest in how academic libraries are funding open scholarship.
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Scott Stangroom

Coordinator, Acquisitions, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
avatar for Robert A. Schatz

Robert A. Schatz

Director of North American Sales, Knowledge Unlatched
A librarian by education, Bob worked in academic bookselling for thirty years before moving into the open access space, first with BioMed Central (a division of Springer Nature) and more recently with Knowledge Unlatched. Bob has worked with libraries throughout the world: mainly... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401