April 13, 2021

Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries (LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report)

From the Publication Announcement and Publication Page:

Cultural heritage organizations have long struggled to ensure their users cost-effective, widespread information access. This situation presents challenges and opportunities, both of which have evolved over time. The open content movement has expanded that challenge to supporting and advocating for content free of barriers and paywalls. Open content touches many areas of librarianship, but it is often difficult to understand how libraries approach this movement through internal activities and external financial support.

The LYRASIS open content survey was conducted in early 2020 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States participate in the open content movement. The survey specifically focused on participation in activities/financial support for open access (OA) scholarship, open data, and open educational resources (OERs).

The core output of this survey is the 2020 LYRASIS Open Content Survey Report

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Authored by Hannah Rosen, Strategist for Research and Scholarly Communication, and Jill Grogg, Strategist for Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, the study is based on a survey conducted in early 2020 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are financially supporting and advocating for open content both inside and outside their institutions.

Key findings of the Study Include:

  • Across academic libraries, institutional repositories for OA scholarship are widely adopted regardless of institution size. However, libraries have limited sway over faculty participation in their IRs.

Source: LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report

  • The majority of American institutions do not financially support independent OA initiatives – the institutions that do financially support OA contribute to a variety of pricing models, with no one dominant trend.
  • Open data adoption and hosting is lower than other areas of open content; academic and public libraries are beginning to host different forms of data, but most are still more likely to advocate for data curation than performing the work itself.

Source: LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report

  • The majority of academic libraries do not host or provide access to OERs in their repositories. Rather, they choose to support local or state level initiatives that organize and disseminate OERs.

Report Resources

Full Text Report
53 pages; PDF

Survey Questions
11 pages; PDF

Survey Data
CSV ||| XLS

Direct to Complete Publication Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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