Crisis in Scholarly Publishing Forum

Scholarly publishing issues including the soaring costs of serials and the open access movement will be the topic of a forum sponsored by the Baylor Libraries on Wednesday, March 9. All Baylor faculty and staff are invited to the forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; a reception will follow at 5:15 p.m.

Presenters for the event are Dennis Dillon, associate director for research services at the University of Texas Libraries in Austin; Dr. Bennie Ward, chair of the Baylor’s Department of Physics; and Bill Hair, associate dean of the Baylor Libraries. Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor provost and vice president for academic affairs, will give the welcome.

Academic libraries throughout the country are experiencing a funding crisis due to the high annual increase in the cost of both print and electronic journals. Currently scholars and librarians are actively investigating one long-term solution — open access publishing. (See Scholarly Communication in Crisis in this issue.)

The libraries encourage all in the Baylor academic community to participate in what is hoped will be one of many opportunities for the entire academy to draw together in educating, evaluating and planning directions for the changes in the scholarly and research environment, said Beth Tice, forum chair.