Day/Time: May 15, 2024, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Title: Stronger Together: Diamond OA in North America

Presenter: Brad Hemminger (he/his), Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Description: An impressive number of institutions in both the United States and Canada directly support academic publishing through library publishing programs and other publishing services. Despite often limited resources, this work is frequently in alignment with the principles of Diamond Open Access, a scholarly publishing model that does not require payment from either readers or authors to participate in the exchange of knowledge. While library publishers have built significant networks through grassroots initiatives and with the help of leading organizations such as the Library Publishing Coalition, networking at the national and international level remains a challenge. Collective action and the pooling of resources at this scale may prove to be an important part of developing a robust Diamond OA publishing system.

A group of representatives from American and Canadian organizations (Big Ten Academic Alliance, Coalition Publica, Érudit, Lyrasis, University of California, University of Michigan) recently met in Toluca, Mexico at the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access and began discussing how to support North American “capacity centers” for Diamond OA, in line with the recommendations of the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access published in 2022. This panel of representatives of those organizations will share their perspectives on international action around Diamond OA, present some of our early discussions, and welcome ideas on how to expand collective action on Diamond OA in Canada and the US. Engaging across sectors, building understanding of common challenges, and identifying problems that can be solved through collaboration are essential ingredients for supporting Diamond OA long-term.