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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Librarian support for OA

Last month on his blog, David Warlick triggered a flood of comments by asking why librarians were still necessary.   One reader, Stephen Downes, focused his response on OA:

I would not attempt to defend the traditional role of librarians, as information brokers....I would instead support librarians - those that are willing to make the change - by appealing to their role in organizing and making available the content produced by the school or the university. A librarian plays a vital role in supporting each institutions’ contribution to open access. By supporting open access, institutions can save the money they spend on books and periodicals. This helps support the hosting of institutional archives, and helps the institution spend more time and money on the production of quality scholarship.

(Thanks to Paul Pival.)