The UConn Libraries Forum on Scholarly Communication, held Monday, April 26, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center. With the Libraries moving to online access only for most of our journal subscriptions, the impact of the “scholarly communication crisis” has hit home at UConn like never before.. What are the economic issues driving this crisis? How are libraries addressing the spiraling costs of books and journals? What alternative publishing ventures are underway, and how can faculty and students get involved?
Three distinguished panelists provided their perspectives on these and related questions: Stuart Shieber, a computer scientist at Harvard University, Phil Davis, a librarian from Cornell, and Julia Blixrud, who represents SPARC, an academic library coalition created to combat the increasing prices of academic journals by creating new alternatives to the current, failing system. Following their presentation was an extended period of Q&A open to all members of the audience. All members of the UConn community were invited and encouraged to attend this free event.
There is a UConn Advance column about the forum.
An Open Forum presented by the Chancellor's Library Advisory Committee
Wednesday · March 12, 2003 · 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Konover Auditorium · Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Scientific Plutocracy and Open Access: a Report from the Frontlines
The recent evolution of scientific communication has resulted in the establishment of a global plutocracy that subverts the universalistic values of science. Realigning the globalization of science with these values will be the great task of this century, and open access is a key element in this process. Jean-Claude Guédon holds a doctorate in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is currently Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. Since 1991 he has been actively engaged in electronic publishing efforts that extend the boundaries of scholarly communication worldwide.
Emerging Alternatives in Scholarly Publishing
Heather Dalterio Joseph
Scholarly communication participants at all levels (scholars, academics, publishers, and librarians) have begun to challenge historical business practices and to build alternative structures. What are these alternatives? How do they get started? And what effect are they having on the scholarly communications process? Heather Dalterio Joseph currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for BioOne, a collaborative online publishing venture in the biological sciences. BioOne was formed to create a new business model, one that challenges the traditional boundaries between scholars, publishers and the library community. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.
Read the Advance article about the forum from March 17, 2003.
There is also a background column, Will Your Favorite Journals Still Be Here Next Year? (pdf file), published in the UConn Libraries Newsletter
"Publish and Perish:
The Perilous State of Academic Journals"
A Forum on the Crisis in Scholarly Publications
Thursday March 15, 2001 4 p.m.
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center
Presented by the Chancellor’s Library Advisory Committee
Keynote speaker: University of Arizona Professor of Biology Michael Rosenzweig, founder of the independent journal Evolutionary Ecology Research and associated with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an alliance of academic institutions, libraries, and other organizations dedicated to the development of alternatives to expensive, commercially owned journals.
Other speakers include:
Read the writeup in the UConn Libraries Newsletter (page 5; this is a pdf file)