During the first week of March, I attended the SPARC Open Access Meeting and the inaugural Library Publishing Forum in Kansas City, MO. Those in attendance were involved in open access and library publishing in various positions, but librarians seemed to make up a majority of the crowd.
SPARC’s theme for the 2014 meeting was “Convergence” and speakers focused on the issues of open access, open data, and open educational resources. Major topics included collaboration both within the library and beyond, transparency in publishing (conflicts of interest, who published, who paid, etc.), and a general battle cry of open is best. I furiously filled a notebook with thoughts and ideas and finished the conference feeling excited about the possibilities for open access on the Wright State campus.
The Library Publishing Forum had a decidedly different atmosphere, in my opinion. SPARC felt like the dreamer conference, and the LPF was the “that’s great, but how do we implement it?” conference. The dreams I left the SPARC Conference with took the shape of tangible initiatives that could be implemented in the Libraries and across campus.
In short, I have big plans for scholarly communication, open access, and the library as publisher in the next couple of years, thanks to these conferences. I would love to talk with you about it, so please don’t hesitate to email me. Stay tuned!