Lecture: "The Research University Imperative to Distribute Scholarly Materials"
David Shulenburger will give a lecture titled "The Research University Imperative to Distribute Scholarly Materials" as part of the University Libraries celebration of Open Access Week, Oct. 19-23, a week dedicated to exploring new ideas for disseminating scholarly works more rapidly and freely. Shulenburger is the first vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and his research focuses on the economics of scholarly communications and universities.
The open access movement seeks to address the untenable situation that scholars, students and society face as the skyrocketing cost of journal subscriptions jeopardizes access to scholarly works. The movement supports removing price and permission barriers so that scholarly works can have greater impact because they will be easier to find, reach a greater audience, and accelerate the pace of research. Open access embraces new forms of scholarship that a networked electronic environment are making possible, including peer-reviewed e-journals, e-books, virtual communities of scholars, thematic research collections and peer-reviewed encyclopedias.