Showing posts from May, 2023

Open Voices: Malavika Legge, OASPA, on the future of Open Access publishing

Today we are talking to Malavika Legge about the future of Open Access publishing. Malavika is Program Manager for OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association). Hardy: Hi Malavika, nice talking to you! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at OASPA? Malavika : Sure, thanks, Hardy. I started my career at a very big publishing organisation. I was working for a division called Informa Health Care , which belongs to Informa, the company that also owns Taylor and Francis. I was working mostly on journals, but also on books, databases and encyclopedias. I then moved to the Biochemical Society , leading on the journals programme for this self-publishing learned society. Since 2012, first at Informa and then also at the Biochemical Society, my focus has gravitated towards Open Access: How can a meaningful, reasonable, fair transition to Open Access be enabled from the publisher's side? And while I was at the Biochemical Society, I helped to form the Society

Open Voices: #ebookSOS and the frustrations of inconsistent ebook access

In this post we are hearing from Ronán Kennedy, Head of Collections in University of Galway Library about the very current #ebookSOS campaign and its background.     #ebookSOS began in 2020 as a movement in the UK when Librarian Johanna Anderson consistently encountered obstacles when trying to provide ebook access for a new course at her institution. Momentum quickly gathered throughout the UK and internationally as more and more institutions were encountering the same issues across the academic publishing sector. A very brief explainer on YouTube can be found here . The main aim of #ebookSOS is a call to investigate the provision of and pricing of titles in the academic ebook market. The current poor business practises from publishers create bad faith and a lack of trust and confidence among stakeholders such as libraries, patrons and faculty. The campaign has gathered significant support internationally, with libraries, universities, academics, student unions, and many cros