DePauw University is one of many colleges and universities grappling with the effects of an unsustainable scholarly communication model. Access to publicly-funded research is increasingly facilitated by for-profit corporations, which charge ever-increasing prices to the institutions creating the work.
Dubbed "The Serials Crisis" by the academic library community, this model has negatively impacted research and scholarly communication at DePauw and around the world. Scholars, librarians, universities and advocacy organizations around the world are responding to the need for open access to publicly-funded research and data. Open Access is the free, immediate online access to research and scholarly information. (K-State)
We acknowledge that if libraries are to implement sustainable, high-impact open initiatives, we will need to reconsider the current level of investment in existing services and programs. Our commitment to open is a commitment to our own transformation, and to our participation in the necessary evolution of the scholarly and educational ecosystem in which we operate. In this work, as we move toward an increasingly open future, we look forward to leveraging the collective strength of the Libraries, and to continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible in libraries through strategic collaboration. (Orbis Cascade Alliance)
The DePauw Libraries strives to provide funding for open access publishing and projects. Our current support goes to:
DePauw, with its strong creative writing program and emphasis on the humanities, has long valued the monograph, and our contribution to this early open access book initiative expressed our support for new models for book publication and distribution.
Adapted from Hollins University