Germanists Discussion Group Agenda – 2011 Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Diego

Germanists Discussion Group
Sunday January 9, 2011
4:00 – 5:30pm
Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire M-Room


I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Presentation and Discussion

  • Scholars, libraries, and publishers are interdependent partners within the fabric of Scholarly Communication. Building upon a recent roundtable at the German Studies Association, entitled “The State and Future of Book Publishing in German Studies: Which Way(s) Forward?,” the discussion will permit to review current pressures upon publishers in German Studies and examine the challenges and opportunities provided, in particular, by Open Access (OA).
  • The three presenters will examine the changes in university library policies and their consequences for university presses and German studies publishing; discuss the experience of the joint Library/University Press OA endeavor, Signale, at Cornell, with implications for the financial viability of OA from an institutional/non-profit point of view; and provide the observations of a commercial publisher on the development of OA in the STM area and the conclusions which may be drawn for the Humanities, with concrete examples of how De Gruyter is tailoring its strategy to Open Access challenges and opportunities.
  • Presentations (20 minutes) will be followed by group discussion and questions from the audience.