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"Libraries, Publishing, and Arranged Marriages:" Scholarly Communication kick-off event, April 10, 2013

Join us on April 10, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. as Vassar welcomes Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the Colleges at Amherst College, for a thought-provoking discussion on scholarly communication, publishing, and digital archiving, entitled, "Libraries, Publishing, and Arranged Marriages."  Geffert, a long-standing proponent of open access in publishing, will focus on the changing nature of faculty scholarship and its publishing outlets, the library’s role in scholarly communication, and current issues in each field.

Geffert’s provocative pieces on scholarly communication have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, Inside Higher Ed, and other publications.  He is a champion of a new form of scholarly communication that seeks a much more active role for universities and colleges and their libraries.  Geffert’s efforts have resulted in the Amherst College Press, an innovative system committed to high-quality open-access publishing.  As he notes, "Perhaps it is time to produce ourselves what we can no longer afford to purchase; to use personnel and financial resources from our libraries, even our small libraries, to save and revive academic publishing of high quality" (Chronicle,

  • The conversation will take place on April 10, 2013 in the Class of ’51 Reading Room in Thompson Memorial Library at 5:30 p.m.

This event has been generously supported by the Libraries and by a Faculty Conversations Grant, and is jointly sponsored by the Library Committee and the Committee on Academic Technologies.