What is the relationship between intellectual freedom and open access? How and where do they intersect? Intellectual freedom is a principle and a right, one as old as libraries. Open access is a response to the increasing pressure of publishing costs on individuals and institutions.
Panelists and domain experts in these areas will explore the rich and complex intersection between intellectual freedom and open access (OA) in libraries, why OA publishing is important for the library community, and how we can use the intellectual freedom banner as a tool to move the library field closer to more accessible information. (Sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table)
Marguerite Avery is senior acquisitions editor at Trinity University Press in San Antonio, Texas. Previously she was executive editor at Amherst College Press and Lever Press, digital-first, open access scholarly press startups sponsored by academic libraries. She spent more than a decade at The MIT Press where she cultivated a critically acclaimed publishing program in Communications, Information Science and Policy, Internet Studies, and Science and Technology Studies on a foundation of the principles of infrastructures and flows. Her training and work experience spans the library-publishing spectrum and focuses on making content and information accessible to an array of readerships. As a research affiliate at the Program on Information Science at the MIT Libraries, she studied the connections/disconnections between university presses and university libraries in scholarly communication and questions of labor and access. She currently holds advisory positions with Open Library of Humanities, Pacific University Press, Open Access Directory – and reluctantly resign her position on the Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees due to relocation.
April Hathcock is the scholarly communications librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others.
James LaRue is director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," LaRue was a public library director for many years (including a 24-year tenure as director of the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado), as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. He has written, spoken, and consulted on leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Core Values
Interests: Intellectual Freedom
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Public, School/Media Center
Cost: Included with full conference registration.