Date: November 17, 2017, 2:00pm EST
Topic: Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress
Hosted by: The LPC Board
Moderated by: Joshua Neds-Fox (Wayne State University)

Many in the LPC community utilize bepress’s Digital Commons to underpin our publishing efforts, open access programs, and scholarly communications outreach. Some also have concerns about the actions of Elsevier, the multi-national scholarly publisher who recently purchased bepress, within the scholarly communication environment. Certainly the purchase is discussion-worthy, and we anticipate that our membership may have practical considerations to share in relation to these two vendors. What do we as individuals, as library representatives, and as a Coalition, think about the acquisition? How does it affect our strategies around publishing and open access? How can we support each other—our colleagues who are staying with bepress and those who are looking to migrate away—in making decisions about future directions, and in working together to support those decisions? Join us for a roundtable discussion addressing the purchase and the potentially complex future of Digital Commons in the academic library.