The Open Access Monograph: Practical Implications and Challenges

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Friday, June 19 — 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Chair: Charles Watkinson, Director University of Michigan Press

Panelists: Richard W. Clement, Dean of University Libraries, University of New Mexico; Michael Levine-Clark, Professor / Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collection Services, University of Denver Libraries; Terry Ehling, Associate Director, Project Muse; Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press

More and more academic books in the humanities and social sciences are being made immediately open access upon publication with both established publishers and new entrants developing OA programs. Several important international studies have outlined plausible funding scenarios (including the AAU-ARL prospectus for an institutionally funded first-book subvention, the Knowledge Unlatched pilot project report, and the UK government’s Crosswick Report) while major funders such as the Mellon and NEH have become highly engaged in supporting innovation in monographic business models and platforms.

Whatever one’s philosophical attitude to open access monographs, the growth of this sector of our industry will have major disruptive effects on our systems and normal ways of doing business. This session explores the practical implications of open access book publishing for the various links in the information supply chain; authors’ parent institutions, publishers, infomediaries, and libraries. Speakers representing these different links will explore the practical challenges that OA book publishing poses and describe how they are thinking of addressing them. They will also assess the prospects for OA book publishing over the next five years. Plenty of time will be left for discussion.

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