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Against The Grain Journal

Charleston Library Conference 

May 24, 2021

In today's episode we feature audio from an Interview of Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, Iowa State University. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, University of Central Michigan

Curtis talks with us about his focus on the transformation of scholarly publishing. He says that we are at a unique time with open access; how do we work together with publishers, societies, university presses and libraries to affect this transformation of the scholarly ecosystem using our collection dollars as the lever to help affect that change? Curtis also share's Iowa State's approach to data sharing and their campus wide data sharing task force.

Curtis is active in efforts to transform scholarly communications and is especially interested in finding sustainable open models for self-publishing societies and university presses. His work at Iowa State has largely focused on finding ways to shift its traditional subscription collections spend towards supporting open access. He currently chairs the OA2020 US Working Group and is involved with several other groups working to transform scholarly communications.