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A presentation to FSU Library Departmental Liaisons. Aug. 18th, 2011.

A presentation to FSU Library Departmental Liaisons. Aug. 18th, 2011.

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  • This is a pretty common graph to throw around when discussing the reasons why the scholarly communications system is broken. "From 1986-2005 serial expenditures for ARL libraries increased 302% while the average # of serials purchased only increased 1.9% per year." Average increase of 7.6%. This is the economic argument for reconsidering how scholarship is shared in the university. Our faculty are providing free labor (articles, peer reviewing, editorial work) and it is being sold back to us at ever increasing rates. However, this argument doesn't often resonate with faculty. Its just part of what they do and have been trained to do. So how is this being dealt with?Stats from -- Robert D. Russell & Glenn S. McGuigan "The Business of Academic Publishing: A Strategic Analysis of the Academic Journal Publishing Industry and its Impact on the Future of Scholarly Publishing." Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, V.9 No.3, (Winter 2008). Accessible here.
  • Thats why I'm here. To be educated be you. I have been doing most of my work in a vacuum over in Dirac, and as we ramp up to the fall semester and as the task forces work picks up, it is my responsibility to keep your interests central to our progress.
  • I have gathered many resources such as these: 10 things you should know about ScholComm, What Librarians Can do to Promote OA - and they are all on my libguide.
  • So now… to the details. I'm happy to hear any questions or concerns you may have about this developing area. I am in no way an expert… yet. And I may not have an answer to every question, but I need your questions to know how I can proceed to make this a successful and productive initiative on campus.


  • 1. Scholarly Communication, Open access and You.
    Micah Vandegrift, Project Manager, Scholarly Communications Task Force.
    Aug. 18, 2011
  • 2. Scholarly Communications @ FSU
    Scholarly Communications Task Force
    Faculty and librarians
    Assess, compile, report and recommend
    Building familiarity and relationships
  • 3. Why?
  • 4. Open Access
    In keeping with the trends in higher education institutions, developing infrastructure to support alternative methods of scholarship is essential.
    Assumptions and misleading ideas.
    Open access is easy to do, but complicated to initiate.
    Must begin with an educational initiative.
  • 5. “My goal is now to have a conversation not a convert.”
  • 6. Resources
  • 7. Resources
  • 8. Details
    What do you know/have you heard?
    What are your concerns?
    How will this affect your responsibilities?
    What do your faculty want?
    How do you see this playing out in your department?
    What resources do you need?
    Would you be willing to meet with me?
  • 9. Image creditsSlow - Adapted from:- “The Liaison Role in Scholarly Communication” by Trish Rosseel and Lynne Woodruff- “Engaging Faculty Around New Models” By Sarah Shreeves and Joy Kirchner
    It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.