With the move away from subscription access and embracing OA publishing comes responsibilities, skills, and resources that have proved a challenge for libraries. From managing article processing charges (APCs) to administering full-scale transformative agreements, libraries are faced with inefficient workflows, manual and time-intensive oversight, and a lack of centralization for OA activities across publishers, making it difficult to track spending and to report on.
Adding to this, publisher dashboards offer disparate experiences, all with different interfaces, features and functionalities which can be difficult for libraries to navigate. Each publisher also has a different workflow for publication, creating confusion and a need for a simple process. Further to this, despite best efforts from the library, tracking institutional research output remains a challenge; some authors are still “in the wild” paying for APCs through their department or out of pocket. Librarians need a holistic, cross-publisher view of OA publishing activities at their institution that will facilitate better insights to inform future decisions around OA initiatives.
In this session, library leaders will discuss their own institutions’ challenges with OA administration and workflows and how their using technology solutions like Oable to streamline these processes. Attendees can expect to learn about:
- Challenges libraries are facing with the implementation of open access publishing initiatives
- How library leaders are tackling these obstacles, including best practices and lessons learned
- The role technology can play in solving for these pain points