October 03: What Hachette v. Internet Archive Means for the Continuing Practice of CDL
Whether through a physical or digital copy, lending materials one object at a time is a core library activity. Despite the publisher challenge in Hachette v. Internet Archive that has put a spotlight on this issue, libraries are continuing the practice of controlled digital lending. As the Internet Archive appeals the initial ruling in the case, libraries may have questions about the case and how this decision may impact them.
October 12: 2023 ACRL/SPARC Forum: Editorial Board Resignations to Align Journals with Community over Commercialization
The past year has seen a resurgence of journal editorial boards resigning in protest over commercial publisher policies. With a track record stretching back over a decade, these collective resignations are an effective strategy for creating immediate change and empowering researchers to take back control of their publication.
As in years past, many resignations center on objections to high publishing fees, but an increasing number are also driven by pressure to vastly expand publication volume and a dismissive attitude toward scholars’ visions for their journals. The common thread through each is the prioritization of commercialization over the best interests of the communities each journal seeks to serve.
October 23: International Open Access Week
“Community over Commercialization” is the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week (October 23-29). This theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not.