Sustainability has become a critical issue for scholarly communication in the 21st century. Sustainability implies a holistic, inclusive approach to addressing problems that takes into account multiple dimensions, including ecology, society and economics, recognizing that all of these dimensions must be considered together to find lasting prosperity. Inherent to the notion of sustainability is that we are contributing to the well-being of future generations. As we shift towards open access and open science, there are a number of possible future scenarios for the future of scholarly communication; scenarios that will have different impacts on the sustainability of the system, but also, affect the future role of the research library. In this talk, the speaker will review some of the challenges and issues with scholarly communication from a global perspective, and describe various components of a future system, that would be more sustainable and inclusive.
Bio: Kathleen Shearer has been working in the areas of open access, research data management and digital libraries for many years. Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives that was launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany and has a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR has been developing a model for sustainable scholarly communications based on a global network of open access repositories and has also been actively promoting the role of libraries in the future of scholarly communication.
Shearer is also a consultant for several other organizations. She has been a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) since early 2000. She was instrumental in the launch of the Portage Research Data Management Network in Canada and contributed to the development of the recently released CARL Scholarly Communication Roadmap. She is also a Partnership Consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL), providing expertise to the Association about international activities and scholarly communication. Shearer has also done extensive work for the Canadian federal government and research funding agencies including a project to develop metrics and indicators framework for open science.