OA Is Radical And So Are You

Open Access User Stories

“Open Access publishing is important to me because it is only through autonomous collaboration that society advances. Limiting access to research creates an unnecessary barrier for innovators passionate and intelligent enough to build a rocket from recycled bits and pieces, while removing the fire that gets highly funded researchers out of comfy office chairs and on their toes—deeply diving into an abyss seeded by cognitive dissonance.”

— Mary A. Guillory, Librarian, Xavier University of Louisiana; Core Member

“By encouraging the open publication of novel approaches and case studies from the global community of library technologists, Core’s members are exposed to diverse points of view and different approaches to common problems.”

– Ken Varnum, ITAL editor; Core Member

“I am responding to your posting on the Core Members Community. Over the years, I have benefited greatly from the scholarly works contained in LRTS. I have worked in several cataloging positions professionally since 2015, and several articles in the journal have assisted me in gaining a better sense of the technical services profession. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to publish in LRTS–this has benefited me greatly as I am currently in a tenure track position. Please let me know if you need any additional information. Thank you for your time.”

— Colin Bitter

“My name is kalan Knudson Davis.  i have served on the editorial board for Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) as a member and before that as an intern.  My time with LRTS has been some of the most encouraging and enjoyable service to the profession i have had to date.  i am incredibly lucky to have served under and learned so much from Mary Beth Webber.  She is truly the greatest.

Being a LRTS editor and being able to touch the career and scholarship of so many has helped me become a stronger writer myself.  Having LRTS as a venue for technical services folks to publish is of critical importance to the continued health of the tenured and continuous appointment track librarian core and growing the recognition of technical services in the academic community.  We absolutely need to continue to have these publishing venues into the future so that new librarians can write, publish, and grow their own careers.  ALA’s commitments to diversity, intellectual freedom, and professional development make it the ideal organization to continue this work.”

— kalan Knudson Davis

“I’m not a prolific writer, being someone who prefers committee work. I first published in LRTS at the invitation of Peggy Johnson, who was then the editor:

“Serials: Review of the Literature 2000-2003.” Library Resources & Technical Services 50, no.1 (2006): 16-30. (For some reason this article is missing from the LRTS archive or I’d have provided the link for you.)

I’ve only had that and one other publication in LRTS:

Can RDA Content, Media, and Carrier Coding Improve Discovery Facet Mapping?” with Carolyn McCallum, Kevin Gilbertson, and Steve Kelley. Library Resources & Technical Services 61, no.2 (2017): 93-101,  http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/lrts.61n2.93

It was because of that first experience with Peggy and the good citation index standing of LRTS that I recommended to my colleagues that we should submit our manuscript to LRTS, our professional association’s journal. 

After Peggy finished at LRTS and began editing something else, she came back to me for contributions several more times and any time I said “no,” I recommended a co-worker. So that first experience with LRTS not only helped me but also four other people connected to me in finding an outlet for information to share and in developing our scholarship and our careers!”

— Lauren Corbett