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OA Books: Models, Trends, and Sustainability Recording


OA Books: Models, Trends, and Sustainability

Monday, November 14, 2022 11:00 AM EST

Harkening back to the print to the digital migration that fundamentally altered scholarly communication, when it comes to the development of Open Access (OA) models, journals have led the way, followed by books. Seemingly an afterthought yet again, books have remained on the proverbial backburner as alternative funding models for journals have iterated and gained traction as a means of expanding access to the world’s accumulated knowledge. As some of the fundamentals in the OA journal landscape have begun to emerge, alternative models for funding books, specifically OA, have come to the fore. Although in the early days, many innovative approaches are being explored by organizations across the spectrum: commercial publishers, non-profit groups, scholarly societies, and libraries. Join us for a review the current landscape for OA books from funding models to distribution and discovery, featuring leaders who are committed to defining to what happens next.

Lucy Barnes is Editor and Outreach Coordinator at Open Book Publishers, a leading independent Open Access book publisher. She also works on outreach for the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project and for the ScholarLed collective. She coordinates the Open Access Books Network ( in collaboration with OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and Sparc Europe, and she is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit. You can find her on Twitter @alittleroad. 

Meg White's career in scholarly communication spans publishing, product development, commercial strategy, distribution, logistics, technology, and business operations. She has experience across the spectrum of health science markets with deep domain knowledge of education, academic research, and clinical information landscapes, and associated economic models and trends.

Meg has effectively managed all aspects of digital transformation through a strong combination of market insight, agile product development, technology optimization, and logistics and operations management, always with an eye to operational scale. Meg has held senior leadership positions in large and small organizations and has a proven ability to translate customer needs into actionable strategy across multiple formats, technologies, and operational infrastructure(s). She is a recognized thought leader and frequent contributor to industry-related conferences and publications on topics of digital transformation, eBooks, technology, curriculum, and continuing education and a longtime Director of the Charleston Conference.

Sharla Lair serves as a Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS. Since 2015, Sharla’s role at LYRASIS has been to negotiate the best pricing and licensing terms for the products and services available to LYRASIS members as well as seek out innovative programs that demonstrate transformative influence in the scholarly communication landscape. She is interested in developing new strategies for sustainable scholarly publishing by way of building new open access revenue models, connecting multiple stakeholders, revealing common goals, and facilitating collaboration. Sharla serves on several working groups and committees. You can learn more about her activities at