Open Access for Scholarly Papers: What IS the Fuss About and What Does It Mean?

Kimberly Douglas, University Librarian
May 19th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall in Guggenheim

It can be no surprise that the Internet is changing the mechanisms and models for scholarly communication, the process of research, peer-review certification, dissemination, and uptake of new knowledge, especially through scholarly papers. While the information technology possibilities are relatively straightforward, the social and legal issues challenge governments and their funding agencies-and universities and their libraries-along with the publishing industry. Libraries as cultural memory institutions, and especially academic libraries as foundations to scholarship, provide opportunity for and realization of the coming transformations.