The Open Access revolution: from philosophy to transition

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Librarians have been advocating for Open Access for many years. Today, concrete steps are being taken towards a future for scholarly communication that will be largely open access. In addition to peer-reviewed journals, many other materials are increasingly becoming freely available, including monographs, government and scholarly data, and educational materials including textbooks and learning objects. In addition to expanded access, OA will facilitate new relationships between the academy and society, and there are roles for all kinds of libraries to support these new relationships. For example, professionals, journalists, businesspeople, local politicians and government staff increasingly have access to many of the resources that were once available only at a large university library.
Presented at the Alberta Library Conference 2011: Open Doors, Open Minds, Open Access, April 29, 2011.
Library & Information Science