May 19, 2022

Video: University of Utah’s Rick Anderson Speaks at Smithsonian Institution About Open Access Publishing

An important and highly respected voice in both the library and publishing communities, Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah) visited the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on March 10th where he gave an excellent presentation about open access publishing.

A video recording of Anderson’s talk titled, “Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?” is now available online via the Smithsonian’s web site and includes a Q&A discussion that followed the presentation.

The program runs 55 minutes and was the second lecture in “The Future of Access Speaker Series” sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.

From a Blurb:

Rick’s talk discussed how Open Access (OA), like every other publishing or distribution model, carries with it both benefits and costs. But unlike other models, OA is built on a foundation of values and beliefs about how scholarly communication ought to be conducted-this makes conversations about its costs and benefits both difficult and fraught with passion. And yet as OA continues to grow in importance-and in financial impact-such conversations are essential. What can we do to make the scholarly communication space more amenable to open discussion about Open Access?

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The full text of Anderson’s talk along with his PowerPoint slides are available here.

See Also: Video Recording of the Inaugural Talk in the Series: Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough: “The Best of Both Worlds” (January 15, 2014)

About Gary Price

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