Open Access Resources Trends in Academic Libraries: Addressing OA Funding and Sustainability

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Recorded on 06/21/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 328

In the third episode of this four-part series, our guests dig into current challenges to open access funding and sustainability. Emily Farrell, Global Commercial Director for Open Research at Taylor & Francis, stresses the need to collaborate among stakeholders and shares hopes that efforts are now moving toward a more communicative and collective strategy. Jenny Townes, Open Access Librarian at Emory University, explains some of the OA uncertainty from librarians, including the fear of shifting the burden of cost. Finally, Jenny and Emily offer ideas on why research integrity has become such a hot topic. They flesh out issues like paper mills and ChatGPT, along with developing new approaches to research assessment in order to address these concerns.

About the guests:

Emily Farrell headshot

Emily Farrell
Global Commercial Director for Open Research
Taylor & Francis

Emily Farrell is the Global Commercial Director for Open Research at Taylor & Francis where she works to build partnerships that increase access to research. She has worked in both sales and editorial roles with De Gruyter and the MIT Press. She holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Jenny Townes headshot

Jenny Townes
Open Access Librarian
Emory University

Jennifer Townes is the Open Access Librarian at Emory University. In this capacity Jennifer leads open access outreach, advocacy, and educational services, specifically focused on all aspects of OEPs and two of the university’s open access repositories. She earned an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent ten years working at different academic libraries in the Research Triangle before coming to Georgia. Jennifer’s research interests are open access, institutional repositories, and open educational resources. In 2015 she co-edited the Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries and she regularly presents at national library conferences. Outside of academia, Jennifer is an accomplished artist, television enthusiast, and feline wrangler.

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

Check out our previous series with OverDrive Academic:
– Redefining Space, Access, and Formats in Academic Libraries
– The Academic Library (Not Quite) Post-Pandemic
– Adjusting to Modern Library Needs
– Changes and Opportunities in an Evolving Collection Landscape

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