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Tuesday, April 28 • 11:35am - 1:00pm
Making Scholarly Communication Sustainable LIMITED

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The widespread adoption of digital publishing technology has transformed publishing and disrupted established funding models, driving movements such as open access and supporting technologies. This collaborative roundtable will examine, based on James Boyle’s notion of “cultural environmentalism,” questions surrounding the business models that support open access publishing and related value-adding technology. Specifically, it will ask what obligations libraries have to consider the public domain when making decisions about tools that support scholarly communication.

This roundtable will be a facilitated conversation drawing on the expertise and experiences of everyone in the room. James Boyle’s “cultural environmentalism” will serve as the fulcrum for a larger conversation between the panelists and the attendees about the library’s role in the academy and the broader society.

Prior to the rise of the environmental movement, legal arguments over land tended to focus around the idea of private property, while scientific arguments focused on cause and effect. In each conceptual system, there was little to no room to discuss the environment as a whole, leading us to do a bad job of preserving it. Our arguments around intellectual property have taken a similar trajectory—focused on the author’s “private property.” Politically, then, the public domain is obscured as something of importance.  Boyle points out that the environmental movement was more persuasive once it began to address structural reasons for bad environmental policy, moving away from long entrenched ideas of private property and linear cause and effect thinking

We will attempt to address how, looking forward, advocates will need to balance an understanding of sustainability and past performance against the realization that technology and business models are changing. These changes in the academy, in libraries, and in the broader environment are driving new behavior with regards to publishing and funding, but many are tricky in practice.

From a broader theoretical perspective, the panel will attempt to address one overarching question: As an institution, what is the library’s responsibility to the cultural environment and the public domain?  The framework that libraries use to make decisions in this arena will have direct and indirect implications for how these systems develop in the future. By analyzing our actions through the lens of cultural environmentalism we will be better able to understand the effects of our actions on the larger system, and ensure the technology and business models that underlie scholarly communication will be sustainable.

Panelists will provide expertise on the topic of cultural environmentalism and the public domain and will facilitate group discussions.

  • 10 minutes: Introduction of James Boyle’s cultural environmentalism
  • 40 minutes: Break into groups for discussion
  • 40 minutes: Bring full group back together to document breakout discussions

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Robin A. Bedenbaugh

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
As Coordinator of Library Marketing and Communication at the University of Tennessee, Robin A. Bedenbaugh leads efforts to publicize the libraries’ services and resources. She is also the librarian for Communication Studies and Public Relations, providing research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines. | | Her research examines institutional myths within academia that block... Read More →
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Peter Fernandez

Peter Fernandez is Coordinator of the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library at the University of Tennessee.  He also serves as subject liaison to UT's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Peter's research interests include the effect of technology on patrons’ interactions with libraries, particularly the ethical implications of such technologically mediated exchanges. He publishes on... Read More →
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Brian Rosenblum

Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the, University of Kansas Libraries
Brian Rosenblum is an Associate Librarian the University of Kansas where he serves as Faculty Engagement Librarian for Digital Scholarship at KU Libraries, and as co-director of KU's Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. He has administrative, production and outreach responsibilities in support of a variety of digital initiatives and publishing services. Prior to joining KU Libraries’ digital initiatives program in 2005 he worked at... Read More →

Tuesday April 28, 2015 11:35am - 1:00pm

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