Assessing the role of librarians in an Open Access world

Today, InTech – an Open Access (OA) publisher – has published the results of a survey appraising attitudes and awareness of the library community towards the OA business model in scholarly publishing.

The survey results suggest that although librarians have a good level of awareness and knowledge of OA, they believe their research communities are much less aware. Their work to educate their communities is hampered by lack of informational support materials.

Librarians remain broadly supportive of OA and the vast majority already feel the benefits of the model are being realized, or will be realized in the future. Despite this support, librarians in our sample were not actively involved in managing OA funds centrally, indeed, almost half were unaware of how OA charges are funded within their institution.

The greatest concern librarians have with OA center on the article processing charges being set too high. There is generally less concern with the quality of peer review or the potential incentive for publishers to focus on quantity over quality. Less than a quarter of librarians were concerned that OA could make their role and the services provided by the library less visible. Indeed, librarians see a strong future for the profession becoming more closely integrated with their research communities as a partner, educator and innovator.

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Paul MacKenzie-Cummins

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Jennie Johnson, TBI Communications