LONG TABLE – Plan S and the role of the research library: an international perspective
Occasionally described as a ‘European initiative’ owing to its origins within cOAlition S, Plan S has been making waves around the world. Members of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) have followed the development of Plan S with interest and have engaged closely with its key architects to explore, and advocate for, the pivotal role that research libraries can play in Plan S’s development and implementation. Using IARLA’s response to Plan S as a basis for discussion, representatives from IARLA members will contextualise the implementation of Plan S within the international research library landscape before opening up discussion via a long-table. Members of the audience will be invited to join the table to provide their own thoughts regarding the role of Plan S as a global initiative, how this international context relates to their own experiences, and the work of bodies like IARLA in representing research libraries in this space.
Formed in 2016, the Alliance is a coalition of several prominent academic and research library associations. Members acknowledge that research libraries must work collaboratively at appropriate scale regionally and internationally in order to foster and facilitate research. IARLA’s founding members are the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL-ABRC), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), LIBER, and Research Libraries UK (RLUK). The Alliance is informal and membership is regularly reviewed.