The Year in Open Access (sort of a long read)

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“As the Spanish poet Antonio Machado once wrote: ‘Caminante no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar’ (Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking).”

 Glòria Pérez-SalmerónAcceptance Speech, 24 August 2017; International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) President 2017-2019

 

Most summaries of open access focus on analysis of the present obstacles in the way of greater openness, the details of the day-to-day toil of wresting scholarship (which is often accomplished for the sake of the public good) from behind the paywalls of plutocrats— or what Ms. Pérez-Salmerón references in her acceptance speech as “information for all.” This work has brought us a long way fast and if you read to the end, after we examine the major dramas, there will be highlights of the year’s most encouraging victories. Nevertheless, events of the last year suggest that the open access movement faces complex problems that pertain not to the practical issues of openness, but the technical infrastructure of access. These are problems we will also overcome, but doing so will mean attention and advocacy within spheres that we may have neglected or left for others. So, I begin with an alert: fellow travelers, we will all need good walking shoes. Continue reading

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​The Sharing Economy and libraries: does “access over ownership” ring a bell? (FREE IFLA/ALA Webinar, March 8)

Sharing Economy and Libraries

People around the world have been transforming the unused capacity of things they own and services they provide, such as business expertise, power tools, bikes and even cars. The National Journal writes “Libraries are especially apt to increase their relevance in the coming years, considering the rise of the ‘sharing economy,’ a concept arguably invented by the first libraries.”

Webinar recording available here: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p4a9ni5ztr3/

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IFLAcampLab: Five Ideas for a Library Competition

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Calling all IFLAcampLab attendees! The Lermontov Public Library, host of this year’s IFLAcampLab in St. Petersburg, Russia, are hosting an open competition to find the best 5 ideas to modernize libraries. If you have a great, innovative idea that will enhance library programming and/or collections, enter Five Ideas for a Library for a chance to get recognized at this year’s IFLAcampLab and to have Lermontov Public Library assist in the implementation of your idea.

Lermontov is looking for fresh ideas that will re-engage citizens with their public libraries and help elevate the status of library as an important community resource. Projects can take the form of single events or be implemented over time. Submissions from librarians, students, and citizens are all welcome. Please see the linked documents for more information, or visit our IFLAcampLab page for details.

Good luck!

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