January 27, 2022

New Preprint: “Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability”

The following approved for publication preprint is scheduled for final publication in the September 1, 2016 issue of College and Research Libraries (C&RL).


Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability


Nathan Hall
Virginal Tech

Sara Arnold-Garza
Towson University

Regina Gong
Lansing Community College

Yasmeen Shorish
James Madison University


via C&RL Website


This investigation explores scholarly communication business models in American Library Association (ALA) division peer-reviewed academic journals. Previous studies reveal the numerous issues organizations and publishers face in the academic publishing environment. Through an analysis of documented procedures, policies, and finances of five ALA division journals, we compare business and access models. We conclude that some ALA divisions prioritize the costs associated with changing business models, including hard-to-estimate costs such as the labor of volunteers. For other divisions, the financial aspects are less important than maintaining core values, such as those defined in ALA’s Core Values in Librarianship.

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