In this interview with BYU Scholarly Communications Librarian Jeff Belliston, we discuss how Open Access can bring broader impact and exposure for scholarship--especially if scholars will preserve copyright so they can deposit their work in an institutional repository like BYU's ScholarsArchive or the more developed DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I play devil's advocate with my librarain friend, suggesting that however noble the goal of spreading one's scholarship to the world, the practical reality is that scholars are really only motivated to reach that small but influential audience, their peers. Listen to the episode here (or subscribe to the podcast here).
I've blogged quite a bit about Open Access, and Jeff Belliston and I have given many presentations about Open Access to the leadership and faculty of Brigham Young University (under the auspices of University Librarian Randy Olson and with the encouragement of BYU's Academic Vice President's office). It has been exciting to see this new and vital way of thinking about scholarship starting to take root on our campus. You can view one of our presentations on SlideShare. Those wishing to keep tabs on Open Access should subscribe to Peter Suber's Open Access News blog.