In today’s episode we will feature an interview with John Palfrey, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This interview is part of the popular “Views from the Penthouse Suite” series and was conducted by Tom Gilson, Associate Editor, Against the Grain, and Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor, Center for Research Libraries.
In this episode, John talks about his keynote presentation at the 2020 Charleston Conference titled “Do Librarians Matter and What Might Matter to Librarians?” He discusses the need for a digital public infrastructure, and how librarians can play a major role in the development of such an infrastructure. He says radical collaboration is needed among collection specialists, and librarians should pool efforts to fund the Digital Public Library of America and help set standards. He says collective, well coordinated action will give more power to librarians. John also discusses how librarians can use their well earned position of trust to combat misinformation.
John talks with us about his book Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. He says a reform of the Copyright Act is needed to make it easier for collection librarians to handle the digital side more effectively. He also gives his take on what libraries can do to better receive funding and support from large foundations for new ideas or projects.
Video of the Presentation is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV2uK1t8yzA
Today’s audio is from a Neopolitan Session of the 2020 Charleston Library Conference, presented by Meg White, Senior Consultant, DeltaThink and Director of Vendor Partnerships, Charleston Hub; Richard Hershman, Vice President of Government Relations, National Association of College Stores; Jennifer Chan, Scholarly Communication Librarian, UCLA; and Lisa Nachtigall, Director, Global Institutional Resellers and Channel Strategy, Oxford University Press.
Libraries and bookstores have traditionally co-existed on campus, each serving discrete functions and together, powering the information needed to support the academic and research enterprise. In the era of electronic information, e-learning and the virtual classroom, these traditional roles have been blurred. Who is the gatekeeper for the information needed for research, teaching, and learning? Are there new roles and partnerships emerging for the bookstore and the library and which skill sets are needed? What is the cost of this information and who pays for it? What is the potential role of Open Access in this equation? Can and should libraries and bookstores impact textbook affordability?
This panel of a librarian, a bookstore manager, and a publisher will discuss the challenges and opportunities for collaboration as the academic information landscape continues to evolve.
Video of the presentation available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWiDkjO3yk4
ATGthePodcast 115 – What would it really take to achieve a full OA transition? An “open” take from a publisher, librarians, and a funder
In today’s episode we feature the audio from a Neopolitan Session of the 2020 Charleston Library Conference, presented by Ashley Farley, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Stephen Barr, President, SAGE International, and Managing Director, SAGE UK; Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.
The urgency for broader access to research has accelerated recently as scholars across the globe work swiftly, building upon previous work, to address issues of enormous public significance ranging from COVID-19 to structural racism and police violence. However, the full migration to open access publishing would ultimately see a fundamental reconfiguration of scholarly communications affecting all involved – researchers, funders, universities, libraries, publishers, etc. This session will give an honest take on the OA transition, including the state of developments in transformational deals in Europe and equivalent deals in the US and the pressures and impediments towards a systemic transformation of scholarly communications.
Specifically, the panel will cover:
- The history of different forms of academic publishing, including the limitations of the subscription model which have led to pressures and tensions for libraries, funders, and authors.
- Different conceptions of what “success” means in an OA world
- How “transformative deals” may – or may not – achieve the reconfiguration necessary for the whole system to transition successfully to OA
- What are the roles of different kinds of institutions (e.g., research intensive universities, teaching focused institutions, etc.) in the shifting open access environment and how are these evolving and being re-defined, intentionally or unintentionally
The speakers will not ignore polarization in the OA space; they will aim to get to the root of concerns on all sides and discuss what the future may hold.
Video of the presentation available at https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JDb5Nxw9-s
This week’s episode features an interview with Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries. The interview is conducted by Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Hub, and Tom Gilson, Associate Editor of Against the Grain. Topics range from the background and function of CRL in the research community, Greg’s tenure there and his transition from MIT Libraries, the role of digital and print collections, to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and scholarship with a look forward to decolonizing collections.
Before being named president of CRL, Mr. Eow was the Associate Director of Collections at MIT Libraries. Over the past two decades, Greg has worked as an archivist, librarian, historian, and library administrator at Harvard, Yale, Rice, and the DeKalb History Center. He has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rice University.
ATGthePodcast 113 – Conversation with Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, Iowa State University
In today’s episode we feature audio from an Interview of Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, Iowa State University. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan.
Curtis talks with us about his focus on the transformation of scholarly publishing. He says that we are at a unique time with open access; how do we work together with publishers, societies, university presses and libraries to affect this transformation of the scholarly ecosystem using our collection dollars as the lever to help affect that change? Curtis also share’s Iowa State’s approach to data sharing and their campus wide data sharing task force.
Curtis is active in efforts to transform scholarly communications and is especially interested in finding sustainable open models for self-publishing societies and university presses. His work at Iowa State has largely focused on finding ways to shift its traditional subscription collections spend towards supporting open access. He currently chairs the OA2020 US Working Group and is involved with several other groups working to transform scholarly communications.
ATGthePodcast 112 – Conversation with Dr. Brian King, Psychologist, Comedian and Author of “The Art of Taking It Easy”
In today’s episode we feature audio from an interview of Dr. Brian King, psychologist, stand up comedian and author of the international bestseller The Art of Taking It Easy, How to Cope with Bears, Traffic, and the Rest of Life’s Stressors. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan.
The world’s largest digital book club, Big Library Read, recently selected Dr. King’s Book, The Art of Taking It Easy, for their program. Public libraries hope to incorporate humor to reduce stress for their readers.
Dr. King received a degree in psychology before touring the world for over a decade as a comedian and the host of humor therapy seminars about how and why we experience stress and the health benefits of humor. Dr. King tells us that the intent of what he does is to inform and entertain to help people live a happier, healthy life.
In today’s episode we will feature audio from an Interview of Jeff Paul, CEO and Co-Founder, Ziotag. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan.
Today’s episode features the next in a series of conversations that ATG the Podcast is pleased to have with startups in the world of scholarly communication, an interview with Jeff Paul of Ziotag. Ziotag was launched in October of 2019, and their goal is to make long format videos searchable, navigable and discoverable using AI tools.
Jeff Paul is the CEO and Cofounder of Ziotag. He is a lifelong learner and accomplished streaming media software professional with an expertise in the learning and development space. Jeff is building out the emerging market of AI Driven video platforms and helping organizations get more value and usefulness from their learning, training and educational video libraries. Jeff was a Co-founder of the industry’s first streaming media video tagging tool, Veotag, in 2009 which he successfully sold to a European based company, Kit Digital, in 2009.
ATGthePodcast 110 – Conversation with Philip Hess, Knowledge Unlatched; and Marcel Wrzesinski, Open Access Officer, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
In today’s episode we feature an interview of Philip Hess, Head of Publisher Relations, Knowledge Unlatched; and Marcel Wrzesinski, Open Access Officer, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan.
We’ll hear from Philip and Marcel about a German OA project that focuses on supporting small, non-APC, scholar-led journals. It’s a Knowledge Unlatched and Humboldt University project.
Philipp Hess is currently the Head of Publisher Relations at Knowledge Unlatched and is pursuing a complimentary master’s degree at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Arts Berlin in Leadership in digital Innovation. Before that he studied Engineering and Industrial Design in the Netherlands and Japan, before getting into scholarly content while working in the Management Department for Kiron, a platform that offers higher education to refugees. His goal is to make knowledge accessible to everyone, everywhere and to help shape the future dissemination of scholarly content.
Marcel Wrzesinski is an Open Access Officer at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and works in the research project “Sustainable journal financing through consortial support structures in small and interdisciplinary subjects” (in cooperation with Knowledge Unlatched). Prior to this, he led Open Access activities at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Giessen) and developed transformation strategies for gender studies at Freie Universität (Berlin). He is an editor of two open access journals, headed various working groups on digital publishing, and advises research institutions on Open Access and Open Science. His interests lie in fostering and sustaining Open Access in smaller and interdisciplinary fields.
Social Media: Twitter handle is @mb_wrzesinski.
ORCID is: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2343-7905
We’re pleased to feature a conversation and interview with Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and economics professor at UC Berkeley, and co-chair of UC’s publisher negotiation team, and Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director of the California Digital Library and co-chair of UC’s publisher negotiation team about the University of California’s recent pioneering open access agreement with Elsevier. The interview is conducted by Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Hub, and Tom Gilson, Associate Editor of Against the Grain.
Link to full press release about the agreement: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-news-uc-secures-landmark-open-access-deal-world-s-largest-scientific-publisher
Conversation with Daniel Garzon, CEO, Booklick
In today’s episode we will feature audio from a conversation with Daniel Garzon, CEO of Booklick, a technology company based in Bogata, Columbia. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan.
There is an energy to a discussion around startups that is very appealing. There is a dynamism and sense of possibility about a new venture that is very different from the staid dynamic of an established organization that is simultaneously consolidating its position in the marketplace and seeking to expand even further. A startup is a hopeful venture and calculated risk of a different variety.
ATG has had some recent conversations with Tommy Doyle, who advises a variety of startups and new ventures (and with whom ATG the Podcast has chatted in the past), and Tommy brought to our attention some exciting ventures that sparked our interest. That is why ATG the Podcast is pleased to present a number of conversations with startups in the world of scholarly communication, starting with Daniel Garzon, CEO of the Columbian startup Booklick, a technology company based in Bogata, Columbia.
We hope that these conversations will spark interest in these sorts of new ventures and the possibilities for innovation they represent.”