Saturday, July 11, 2009
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Library and publishing innovators offered concrete data and strategies for “Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace,” at the SPARC-ACRL forum. The forum, was held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July, was co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
The economy and its impact on library and higher education budgets are the most urgent concern for the library community today. While libraries have long been grappling with constrained collection budgets, we face a new urgency in continuing the transformation promised by Open Access and new technologies. This forum took a bird’s eye view of the scholarly communication marketplace and suggested tactics for navigating through tough times.