Keynote – Kathleen Shearer, COAR
Scaling Up: Sustainability and Innovation in Scholarly Communication
In November 2017, COAR published the recommendations for the next generation of repositories. The vision for this work is “to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.” This vision is aligned with others, such as MIT’s Future of Libraries Report and Lorcan Dempsey’s notion of the “inside-out” library, that define a new role of libraries in the 21st century. This future involves a shift away from libraries purchasing content for their local users, towards libraries curating and sharing with the rest of the world the research outputs produced at their institution. In this presentation, Kathleen Shearer will present the current international context for scholarly communication, outline a vision for a more sustainable and equitable system for scholarly communication, and discuss the key issues and challenges involved with moving forward.