Abstract: [in lieu of abstract, first paragraph of article] Academic librarians occupy a different location in the scholarly communication infrastructure than do scholars who research, write, and publish. That different position has implications for what we know about scholarly communication, and about the value (and labor) of open access journals. While librarians also read, write, and publish, we are also intimately involved in the buying of information. We understand that scholarship—like everything else—takes place in a broader context of capitalist distribution of resources of all kinds, including access to information. Because of this location in the scholarly communication infrastructure, librarians can play a central role in transforming market mechanisms, in part because we are often the only people who can see them.
Citation: Drabinski, E. (2016). Flipping to open access for survival: A librarian’s critical role in transforming a journal. College & Research Libraries News 77(10). http://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/9568/10924