Scholarly Communications, Open Access, Academic Libraries: A Digital Library Summit
October 6, 2008
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A meeting sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium, Inc. titled “Universal Access Digital Library Summit” was convened on Sept 24-25, 2008 at Boston Public Library, and attended by college and university administrators, librarians, faculty and researchers. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the role of commercial interests in the on-going digitization of thousands of books or other intellectual works held in the collections of academic libraries. Attendance was by invitation.
Click here to read a press release about this meeting (9/30/08 ).
One of the featured reports was commissioned by BLC, written by Richard K. Johnson, an advisor to Association of Research Libraries and former chair of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition). It is available online (at no cost) from this link: “Free Our Libraries! Why We Need a New Approach to Putting Library Collections Online“.
University of Connecticut is one of 20 consortium member libraries. Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost of the University of Connecticut Libraries, is the current president of BLC.