“Supporting OA collections in the open: community requirements and principles” is an IMLS-supported project that will convene a series of national forums where community members will contribute their needs, values, and priorities to the discussion of Open Access collection development, elucidating the areas of opportunity and friction and leading to a common vocabulary and framework to discuss collective funding of public goods content.


To facilitate the forums across a large and diverse group of practitioners, we will hold six focus groups at three national conferences: ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, ER&L 2019 in Austin, and ACRL 2019 in Cleveland.


Applications are still open for ER&L and ACRL.


If you are a library professional who works in scholarly communication, library publishing, acquisitions, or collection development, please register for one of these focus groups!


In an attempt to draw as representative a group as possible, travel scholarships are available for each conference. See the ARL press release for more information.


Through thoughtful moderation that will leverage the insights and interactions of focus group participants, the project team will develop a white paper that clearly articulates the challenges, opportunities, and potential mechanisms for building an OA collection development system and culture and that motivates the community toward collective action.


Review of registrations will begin by November 16 for Electronic Resources & Libraries, and by November 30 for ACRL.


We hope to see you in a focus group!


Yasmeen Shorish, co-PI

Liz Thompson, co-PI

JMU Libraries


This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services LG-73-18-0226-18.




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