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Free the Books! The Path towards Open Access Monographs
This webinar explores the knotty world of Open Access books. In principle, most people agree that OA books are a “good thing”; but the associated issues are complex for everyone in the Scholarly Communications industry.

Webinar Session 1: "Free the Books! The Path towards Open Access Monographs" on Thursday, 30th March, 15.30 – 17.15 CET

Who should attend
It will be of interest to librarians, including student librarians, information scientists, funders, publishers, academics interested in Open Access and anyone involved in the current period of rapid change in the library and publishing industries.

15.30-15.35 Introduction and Welcome
15.35-16.05 Free the Books!
16.05-16.45 Librarian Panel session
Two panellists will each speak for 10 - 15 minutes, followed by Q&A
Selling Open Access for books to the country.
At the coal face: the acquisition and payment issues
16.45-17.10 Plenary Session: What next?
The three speakers and the audience will be invited to discuss what the future will bring for Open Access for books and share their hopes and concerns.


The webinar is the first of a series called "Challenging the Status Quo: Taking Libraries into the Future" sponsored by De Gruyter and moderated by Linda Bennett of Gold Leaf.

In this new De Gruyter Webinar Series, we invite library & information scientists, researchers, and industry experts to share their insights and wisdom into latest developments, emerging trends and best practices in the library and publishing services.

Duration 1:45h
Please note the time zone.
2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CEST

This event will be recorded and made available on De Gruyter's YouTube channel. Even if you can't make it to the event, sign up to get the recording afterwards!
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Linda Bennett
@Gold Leaf
Niels Stern
Director @OAPEN
Wilhelm Widmark
Library Director @University of Stockholm, Vice-Chairman of BIBSAM
Sarah Thompson
Head of Content and Open Access @University of York