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The open movement: What libraries can do.

Corrall, Sheila (2016) The open movement: What libraries can do. In: Where do we go from here? Charleston Conference proceedings 2015. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, IN, 559 - 570. ISBN 9781941269060

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Open approaches have moved beyond open access, open source software, and open courseware to developments with open infrastructure and open processes. Open initiatives are gaining momentum as a result of both bottom-up grassroots activism and top-down policy agenda. In a few instances, they have already reached a tipping point; but in many cases they are being pursued separately by specialist groups, suffering from fragmentation, and not always having their expected outcomes or impact. Our study of open initiatives uses a simple overarching definition of open resources, and introduces a convenient framework enabling shared understanding of three different types of openness – open content, open process, and open infrastructure – illustrated by a dozen examples of open domains relevant to libraries and information services. We explain the common attributes, existing synergies, mutual benefits, and natural limits of open approaches that need to be taken into account when developing and implementing policies and strategies to advance openness in organizations. We argue that librarians and other information specialists can make important contributions in promoting a holistic open culture in education, workplaces, communities, and society; and we identify a continuum of nine potential roles as recommended operational, tactical, and strategic interventions for information professionals, individually and collectively. Practitioners can use the models and tools presented to gain a fuller understanding of the concept of openness and its implications for libraries and their parent institutions; and, more significantly, to review, evaluate, and determine their own current and future roles as advocates, collaborators, and leaders of the open movement.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
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Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Date: October 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Place of Publication: West Lafayette, IN
Page Range: 559 - 570
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5703/1288284316319
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital, scholarship, information, specialists, librarians, open, science, policy, development, scholarly, communication
ISBN: 9781941269060
Title of Book: Where do we go from here? Charleston Conference proceedings 2015
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Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:57


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