Over the years, open access has evolved beyond a core of faculty and librarian activists and achieved acceptance across many libraries and publishers alike. It wasn’t always easy and still encounters small hurdles, but many publishers have open access models of their own, and academic libraries are building offices of scholarly communication. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly  Kitchen in their article, “The Objectives and Organization of Scholarly Communications Functions in Research Libraries.

Scholarly communications may not look the same in every institution, but do reflect different levels of engagement and prioritization that their parent universities have on these issues. These scholarly communications investments are designed to reach many goals, including collaboration.

What is more collaborative than open access? Having a strategy that focuses on the problems people want to solve or the capabilities they want to support, and allowing experimental approaches can result in dynamic results.

Melody K. Smith

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