Watch videos of presentations from the ALA Midwinter SPARC-ACRL Forum on “The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs” which took place Saturday, January 16, 2010 in Boston.
Three ambitious initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs were featured at the latest installment of the SPARC-ACRL forum, “The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs.” The market-based business model for scholarly monographs, long under pressure due to decreased library purchasing, must now accommodate a transition to ebooks. Many non-profit publishers, including university presses, are actively exploring new publishing models to support scholarly monographs, including open-access distribution and collaborative initiatives with university libraries. This SPARC-ACRL forum featured three pioneering initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs, and highlighted opportunities for libraries to support innovations in this important area with presenters:
- Maria Bonn, Director of the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Libraries
- Michael Jensen, Director of Strategic Web Communications, National Academies Press (NAP)
- Patrick Alexander, Director University Press and co-director of Penn State University Libraries’ Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing, Penn State
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