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What is the Value of an Open Access Book?

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Two speakers made presentations, and then lively discussions in breakout rooms followed.

Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian, Iowa State University, said that they are sharing more every year; and anything behind a paywall is being moved to OA. They are deciding which programs to support. Factors being considered: usage across regions and globally, performance, and impact. Anything global is considered, but they may not have funds to support them. Impact will evolve; they invest not only in the content, but also the transition to OA and which models will be successful going forward. It is important to support presses taking the first steps. Many university presses are just getting by.

Amy Harris, Sr. Manager, Library Relations and Sales, MIT Press described a usage and citation case study. In 2018, most of their paywalls were closed. The content is appreciated, but there are problems with the business model. Even though OA books are younger, they are being cited more than print books. There is a positive correlation between usage and print sales. The goal is to find something that is workable, not necessarily something profitable.

Don Hawkins, Conference Blogger

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