The Future of Access Speaker Series - Rick Anderson: Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?

On March 10, 2014 we welcomed Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, to give the second lecture in The Future of Access series sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer.  Rick's talk discussed how Open Access (OA), like every other publishing or distribution model, carries with it both benefits and costs. But unlike other models, OA is built on a foundation of values and beliefs about how scholarly communication ought to be conducted-this makes conversations about its costs and benefits both difficult and fraught with passion. And yet as OA continues to grow in importance-and in financial impact-such conversations are essential. What can we do to make the scholarly communication space more amenable to open discussion about Open Access?

Running time: 55m