DIAMAS Conversation series for libraries: Advancing diamond OA in Europe

Libraries are vital pillars of the Diamond Open Access (OA) ecosystem, providing infrastructure, services, and expert support to institutional publishers. Many libraries are also publishers in their own right. To engage libraries in advancing Diamond OA in Europe, the DIAMAS project is launching a Conversation Series for libraries.

The first discussion will be held on May 30, 2024 at 1 p.m. CEST. Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqc–qrT4tGdCBtsKuRqMAb141AshFmLRt#/registration

Following a brief overview of the key findings from our 2023 survey on Diamond OA publishing, the meeting will focus on the pressing issue of financial sustainability for European small- and medium-size publishers and their service providers. Drawing on the results of extensive research, we will shed light on key sustainability considerations and challenges faced by them. Participants will also gain valuable insights into the diverse funding mechanisms publishers have implemented and their feasibility, emphasising the indispensable role of the workforce in sustaining Diamond OA publishing. We will also examine the impact of infrastructure and shared services on the viability and continuity of publication services.

These insights will serve as a catalyst for a discussion focusing on your academic library’s experience, challenges and publishing needs. Throughout the series we will explore opportunities to co-create guidelines, recommendations, advocacy resources and practical tools. In the first session, on 30 May, we focus on sharing advocacy resources and research on the landscape and sustainability of Diamond OA in European higher education institutions.

Register now to be part of this conversation and help us shape the future of Diamond Open Access. We are looking forward to your participation!