Direct to Open Post-Launch: Consortia, Goals, and the Future of Open Models

Sponsored by MIT Press

Recorded on 04/27/2022
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 252

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In the final episode of this four-part series, Emily Farrell, Library Partnerships and Sales Lead at MIT Press, and Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian at Iowa State University, discuss where the burden lies in advancing open publishing—publishers need to innovate to fit institution needs, but libraries have to be intentional in their budget spending and actions. In addition, Emily shares Direct to Open’s future for the second half of 2022 and predictions on reaching the press’s goal of 100 percent support. Finally, Emily and Curtis reflect on the role consortia play in helping smaller institutions scale up, and why libraries need to look beyond cost-per-use metrics to gauge a collection’s value.

About the guests:

Curtis Brundy
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections
Iowa State University

Emily Farrell
Library Partnerships and Sales Lead
MIT Press

Emily Farrell is Library Partnerships & Sales Lead at the MIT Press where she works with libraries on ensuring access to digital content. Before the MIT Press, she worked in both sales and as an acquisitions editor for linguistics, developing a program in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, at De Gruyter. She holds a PhD in sociolinguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney. Emily serves on the board of the non-profit legal services organization UnLocal, as well as the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library.

Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:

Listen to our previous series on Direct to Open with MIT Press:
– MIT Press’s Direct to Open
– Finding a Place for Open Access Monographs

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