Mainstreaming open: how can libraries transition their culture, services and practices to open
Libraries have played a vital role in facilitating the transition to open scholarship within their institutions: providing advocacy, advice and support for Funder Open Access policies, developing research data management services in partnership with other institutional services and developing fledgling open scholarship services.
In terms of Library content, focus has been on the move away from historical print spend and subscriptions to “read and publish” agreements. Open e-books are less well developed, particularly in the library supply chain. Internal library services to support open e-books have often developed as an ad hoc response to external policy developments, as a ‘bolt-on’ to existing teams, rather than open being embedded into the culture, workflows and practices that we use.
If we were to redesign our libraries around the premise of open rather than closed content, what would that look like? And how do we drive our own transition of culture, processes and services so that they’re built around Open?