Open Access (OA) is at the heart of the vision for the future of scholarship that our member organisations subscribe to.
We have come to realize, however, that OA looks in fact very different when approached in terms of the kinds of challenges and obligations that a learned society, a library, a journal editor or a funding agency have to confront on an everyday basis. Thus, whilst the question of long-term economic sustainability remains a problem for most, it is one that raises very different concerns and issues in each case.
We have founded LIBRARIA to address this many-faceted yet shared problematic.
At LIBRARIA we want to open up a space where member organisations can share their perspectives, needs, capacities and expectations about OA. We want to research into the conditions that might allow for a cooperative approach to the future of scholarly communications.
We think that the concerns we each have – libraries, editors, learned societies, funding agencies – regarding the economic viability of OA can be superseded if we cooperate in designing an ecology of scholarly communications that places our shared interest in the public value of knowledge at the front.