Working together to improve the user experience: a conversation with Susan Stearns of the Boston Library Consortium
Q. Can you tell us about your background and your current position? A. I’m a librarian by training and worked early in my career in both academic and corporate libraries. However, the bulk of my career has been spent on the library software vendor side, working for companies such as Faxon Research Services, NorthernLight Technologies,…
From start to finish this was a superb three-day meeting of young people who know that current scholarship/publishing/university_practice has so many injustices and so much waste that we cannot go on this way.
Must be brief – airport. Search for OpenCon2014 for reports and tweets and pictures. In brief:
- 80 young passionate people from round the globe (only 5% of applicants could be selected)
- sensational vision and planning from SPARC , RightToResearch, OA Button, etc.
- Brillaint and inspiring speakers. A+ to everyone.
- Many people already suffering under the present system.
- Culminating in a superbly organized day of Advocacy actually on Capitol Hill, Washington. Huge insights into how to get political support and change.
I use the word “Revolution”. It needn’t be bloody. I’ll write more…
Conference Report by Yolanda Meleco, Research Data Alliance/U.S.
Article by Michael Voelske, Tim Gollub, Matthias Hagen and Benno Stein, Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Article by Dominika Tkaczyk, Pawel Szostek and Lukasz Bolikowski, Centre for Open Science, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Poland
Article by Richard Smith-Unna and Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, UK
Article by Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, UK, Richard Smith-Unna, University of Cambridge, UK, and Ross Mounce, University of Bath, UK
Article by Mark Kroell, Stefan Klampfl and Roman Kern, Know-Center GmbH, Graz, Austria