Perspectives on Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open
From Meredith Hale
ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts hosted a joint webinar that explores the past, present, and future of scholarly publishing in the arts. Alexander Watkins, Art & Architecture Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, discusses the Open Access movement in relation to arts journals, the future of arts scholarship, and potential roles for libraries and librarians. Open Access is about removing the walls around research, making scholarship universally available for free. The presentation will arm arts librarians with arguments and rationale that will help them promote Open Access in their own communities. Ian McDermott (Collection Development Manager at ARTStor) and Erin Dunigan (Retail Manager at Park Life and recently Sales Associate at ARTBOOK | DAP) explore the changing landscape of art book publishing in the face of Amazon.com, bookstore closures, self-publishing, and shrinking library budgets. Their presentation shares how diverse publishers are approaching their long-term viability in the commercial and academic marketplaces.