#critlib Open Access & the politics of knowledge sharing

A recap of the March 21st #critlib chat

  1. Hi #critlib! Welcome to "#OA & the Politics of Knowledge Sharing." Let's start w/intro's. I'm Ashley, special librarian @gatesfoundation
  2. Hello #critlib! I'm your co-moderator this evening. My name is Bree and I am completing my MLIS in June & am Data Services Specialist a @UW
  3. I'm Jess, a public services librarian at @DeSales_Trexler. Tweeting and packing for #acrl2017! #critlib
  4. Pumped for this conversation, #critlib. Thanks for talking about #OA!
  5. Q1. Do you agree or disagree that scientific research should be freely available? Include your reasoning. #critlib
  6. A1: This is such a complex question. Not all research data is equal. Security issues (e.g., nuclear power) makes me want to keep #critlib
  7. some secret. At the same time, some data is only collected with the intent to respect not overtly sharing it. @tararobertson has a #critlib
  8. A1. Yes. Mostly publicly funded so should be OA. #critlib
  9. Q1. Scientific research shouldn't exist in a $ silo, but should be developed by and available to all. So yes! #critlib
  10. great talk about the potential conflicts in open sharing and respecting cultures. #critlib
  11. A1 /2 That's generally the reason I use to convince others for OA. But also OA creating more content than closed access would #critlib
  12. A1 My past research work also makes me worry about the too many incompetent cooks problem. #critlib
  13. A1 ok, after seeing Kate's response, I can see some specific situations in which restrictions are warranted for safety/privacy #critlib
  14. @metageeky never thought of that! Globally people have different intentions! #critlib
  15. A1 I'll say too that I have one further concern: funding OA. Servers, editors, etc. cost money. We need to support that. #critlib
  16. @bree_uw Or it's not uncommon for math profs to be sent novel 'proofs' of open problems. Or physicists proof against Einstein. #critlib
  17. Q2. Do librarians have a clear role in the open access movement? Why or why not? #critlib
  18. @ashleydfarley well, definitely yes is it's published I'm supportive of OA. Was thinking about research data needing diff controls #critlib
  19. @schomj which maybe means that all research doesn't need to be made public but if published it should be openly available? #critlib
  20. @schomj @ashleydfarley I think that's an important distinction unpublished research data vs. published #critlib
  21. A1 I admit I would love it if OA helped encourage more experiment replication. Alas, fighting for funding/novelty hinders that. #critlib
  22. @bree_uw @schomj I feel many researchers feel compelled to publish for career adv. that research becomes second tier concern #critlib
  23. Q2: Since librarian's roles vary dramatically, I think our common ground could be sharing that #OA publishing exists and is viable #critlib
  24. Man, I could go on and on just answering Q1. There's also disability access issues, time sink of sharing for researchers, etc. #critlib
  25. Along those same lines, I'd love to see more publishing of negative/null hypothesis results #critlib  https://twitter.com/metageeky/status/844358291970899968 
  26. @ashleydfarley Especially as many publishers are pricing themselves out of existence. If only we could explain that to depts. #critlib
  27. @metageeky And they still shut out much of the Global South researchers by doing this #critlib
  28. Sharing Time! Q3. Share a story where open access to research articles has impacted your personal or professional life. #critlib
  29. A3 Sort of a failure, but there's a widely cited paper in the assistive tech adoption lit that practically no one has a copy of. #critlib
  30. The magazine went defunct, has no archive, and yet people still cite it directly. #critlib
  31. @bree_uw I'd have to look it up. During my PhD, I failed to find anyone who had a copy. Even contacted old eds of the mag/lay jourl #critlib
  32. @schomj This is exactly why I think everyone, including "citizen scientists" should advocate for & support #openaccess #critlib
  33. A3. I also remember a time between library school and working at an academic library not being able to access anything #critlib  https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley/status/844360158029332482 
  34. How many of us who work in academic libraries share PDFs "under the table" to our peers? #critlib  https://twitter.com/schomj/status/844361619178184704 
  35. @metageeky I bet the number is higher than one might guess. Our whole profession is providing information 1/2 #critlib
  36. @metageeky Being restricted due to publisher demands just feels wrong sometimes 2/2 #critlib
  37. @schomj The health sciences fields have definitely been ahead of the curve with regard to #OA which is great #critlib
  38. A3. Not having access to stuff through work, not being an "authorized researcher" really limits job opps #critlib
  39. Q4. Does your library support Open Access? If so, how? #critlib
  40. A4 Yes. I've actually been working on the UI for our open data repo during this chat. #critlib
  41. A4: My academic library: absolutely. My public library: no idea. I'm curious how much public libraries discuss #OA resources #critlib  https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley/status/844362967818747904 
  42. A4 yes, disjointedly. We did pop-up "about OA" tables during OAWeek, and use OJS for an OA student research journal #critlib
  43. @chiuchiutrain Was there interest from the students? I'm curious in reaching out to more of the next generation researchers #critlib
  44. @ashleydfarley @chiuchiutrain Although the next gen is good to get excited about, we have to keep in mind the old gen do the hiring #critlib
  45. @ashleydfarley @chiuchiutrain I've heard too many profs say they would not hire anyone who published only in OA venues. #critlib
  46. @ashleydfarley @chiuchiutrain Reason being that they want to see publication in the the primary venues of the field #critlib
  47. A4. We've done pretty well establishing our IR and are now moving to provide more educational opps for + partnerships with faculty #critlib  https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley/status/844362967818747904 
  48. @schomj I'd never heard of Minitex - and its through my undergrad alma mater! #critlib
  49. Q5. Do you think librarians can become the sole disseminators of research? Should they be? #critlib
  50. A5 No. Researchers are critical stakeholders and should be involved in the dissemination of their work. #critlib
  51. I'm not sure what it would mean to be a sole disseminator, but disciplinary communities will always be really important #critlib  https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley/status/844365031982575616 
  52. @nfoasberg I'm thinking of a system where librarians replace publishers & disseminate research from their institution #critlib
  53. A5. Aside from whether libraries could or not, I don't know that that would help. Our structures are riddled with other probs #critlib
  54. A5. I think more researchers are actually disseminating their research themselves through pre-print archives and personal websites #critlib  https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley/status/844365031982575616 
  55. @ashleydfarley Ohhh. At some point, someone will want to snatch up the content and commodify it and uni admim will say yes, so 😕 #critlib
  56. @ashleydfarley @schomj Even then, the researchers have to be a critical stakeholder in that conversation #critlib
  57. @metageeky @schomj Most definitely. More focus on community building, open peer review, etc. something like @OSFramework #critlib
  58. @ashleydfarley @nfoasberg We'd need to seriously up our abilities to share holdings across libraries. Linked data is not here yet. #critlib
  59. Thank you all for participating in tonight's #critlib on #openaccess. I'll create a Storify to share. You librarians rock!
  60. Thank you #critlib community for a great #OA discussion and @ashleydfarley for inviting me to co-moderate!