Dewey elected to scholarly publishing coalition committee

December 12, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State has been elected to the Steering Committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to improve the scholarly publishing system by educating policy-makers and researchers, advocating change and providing support for emerging modes of scholarly research and publishing. Among its areas of exploration are the economic imbalances that put pressure on scholarly publishers and libraries, campus-based publishing partnerships, and open-access journal publishing — areas of special interest for Dewey, who has oversight of the Penn State Press as well as the Libraries.

"Research is more valuable when it is shared widely," observed Dewey. "Unfortunately there are market factors, including consolidation of commercial publishers, that have increased costs and limits access to high quality research. As librarians we have a responsibility to work together and with our faculty to influence that marketplace to make it healthier for researchers and the public everywhere."

Current SPARC initiatives focus on promoting sharing of research broadly, especially on open access initiatives that enable online access to research at no cost to the reader. SPARC’s special interest is on scientific journal literature but also works to promote open access to research data and educational resources. “At Penn State, researchers have access to very large collections, but our colleagues at smaller schools and in developing nations are not always as fortunate. Open access provides one solution and resonates with the core values of libraries,” Dewey added. ScholarsSphere, a service recently launched by the Libraries and Information Technology Services supports long-term preservation of scholarly materials from Penn State, and allows users to chose to provide open access to their work to promote it widely.

Dewey will serve a two-year term on the steering committee, which includes membership from libraries and research institutes in Canada, Europe and Japan.

For additional information, please call 814-863-4240.








  • Barbara I. Dewey is dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.

    IMAGE: W. Hutton/University Libraries
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